There now are nine endowed fellowships in the Hays Program, all honoring individuals who dedicated much of their lives to civil liberties. The fellowships are listed in the order they were established.
Robert Marshall Fellowship in Civil Liberties
Robert Marshall was a New Yorker from a prominent and public-spirited family. He was a leading outdoorsman and early environmentalist, and he was a board member of the New York Civil Liberties Union in the 1930s and 1940s. Marshall died at an early age before he could fulfill his promise. At the suggestion of Roger Baldwin, a family friend and a founder of the Hays Program, Robert Marshall’s brother endowed the first Hays Program Fellowship in 1960.
Roger Baldwin Fellowship in Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Roger Baldwin was the principal organizer of the ACLU in 1919–1920 and its guiding spirit for more than 30 years, remaining active until his death in 1981 at age 97. He was a leading member of the committee that founded the Hays Program in 1958 and he participated in many Hays events. Baldwin had a special interest in international human rights, and for many years he was honorary chair of the International League for Human Rights. The Baldwin Fellowship, which was established in 1982, is therefore granted for work in human rights as well as domestic civil liberties.
Harriet Pilpel/Planned Parenthood Fellowship
Harriet Pilpel was engaged in private practice from the mid-1930s until she died in 1991, specializing in the law relating to publishing and reproductive freedom. For many years, she was a board member and general counsel of both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, the only person to achieve this distinction. Pilpel participated in many leading contraception and abortion cases in the Supreme Court and elsewhere. The Fellowship in the Hays Program was established in 1985 with the cooperation of the Planned Parenthood Federation.
Palmer Weber Fellowship in Civil Rights
Palmer Weber came from a poor family in the South, and he was a rare white southerner in the 1930s who supported liberal causes, including the rights of African-Americans. After working for several years for President Roosevelt’s New Deal, Weber became a labor union official and then went on to a successful career on Wall Street. A man of great charisma, for more than two decades he was an unheralded adviser and financial contributor to civil rights and civil liberties organizations large and small. The Fellowship was established in 1985 with major support from the Reed Foundation.
Leonard Boudin Fellowship in First Amendment Law
Tom Stoddard Fellowship in the Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men
Deborah Rachel Linfield Fellowship in Freedom of the Press
Norman and Harriette Dorsen Fellowship in Civil Liberties
Sylvia A. Law Fellowship in Economic Justice
In 2013, this fellowship was created to promote economic justice, and to honor Sylvia Law and the many Hays Fellows who advocate for the least advantaged among us. Steve Polan, Hays Fellow 1975–1976, was the prime mover in obtaining contributions from former Fellows, friends and family.