|2005 alumnus to return St. Louis after graduating from Harvard Law|
|Tuesday, June 9, 2015|
Blake Strode, Class of 2005 - A former tennis professional, Strode recently graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and plans to return to the St. Louis area to work with the Arch City Defenders, according to a recent article in the St. Louis American newspaper.
Arch City Defenders is a St. Louis nonprofit organization that provides criminal and civil legal services to the homeless and working poor in the St. Louis region. According to the article, Strode received a Skadden Fellowship, which enables him to lead a two-year project on housing issues while with the firm. The article states, “His project will focus on building stronger partnerships between community organizations and legal services regarding displacement work. The idea is based on the models of several organizations he worked with in Boston, including City Life Vida Urbana, which helps people to stay in their homes.”
Prior to attending Harvard, Strode competed for nearly three years on the pro tennis circuit, including a bid in the 2010 U.S. Open qualifier after winning the U.S. Open national playoffs. At Harvard, Strode was a Fellow for the Law and Social Change Program, and an active member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project, Project No One Leaves and the Black Law Students Association. He spent his first summer at Harvard working at the Voting Section in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served on the Board of Student Advisers at Harvard, a student organization which provides several services to the Law School including serving as teaching assistants in the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program, advisers to members of the first-year class and as administrators of the Ames Moot Court competition.