Leslie Briggs is The University of Tulsa’s first law student to be named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. The program provides a $2,000 stipend to implement a yearlong project with a community-based organization with a mission of empowering vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. Briggs’ project will introduce restorative justice practices for public high school students in Tulsa who have been involved in school-based conflicts. The goal of her project is to lower rates of school suspension, dropouts and incarceration.
Briggs, a first-year law student, chose to pursue the field of law to “help people with pressing problems that seem insurmountable without assistance. TU Law was the obvious choice,” Briggs said. “There is no comparison with other schools for scholarship and funding. Also, the one-on-one attention from professors is the best.”
Prior to choosing law, Briggs worked for a nonprofit in Tulsa, the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and taught English in Mexico. While she is undecided about which avenue of law is most appealing, she says that she might pursue immigrant rights.
Briggs is one of 14 fellows awarded with Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in Tulsa. The graduate and professional degree students attend The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Langston University. The Tulsa chapter, based at The University of Tulsa, is one of 15 U.S.-based sites.