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Marie MacCune '17 (Legal Studies & Political Science) Wins Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs Best Paper Award

The Board of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs has named Marie McCune this year’s recipient of its Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies. Ms. MacCune’s thesis, written under the advising of Professor Lauren McCarthy and Senior Lecturer Diane Curtis, is titled “Studying the Fathers’ Rights Movement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” The study focuses on how fathers’ rights movement members in Massachusetts view and interact with the law. It explores in depth a variety of the themes that emerged from semi-structured interviews with members of the Fatherhood Coalition. Marie MacCune (’17 Legal Studies and Political Science) was a member of Commonwealth Honors College. Her blog, Letters to Kate (hosted on CHC's website), provided prospective students and their families an inside look at life on campus. She was a staff writer and assistant news editor for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian for 3 1/2 years and an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, supporting fundraising efforts and event coordination throughout her time at UMass. In September 2017, she began her service year with AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts, a program that supports legal services for low-income people across the state. She is working with the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee in Boston which represents clients facing abuse or discrimination because of mental illness. Her work focuses on prisoners' and students' rights under the rubric of mental illness law. She plans to attend law school beginning in September 2018.

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