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Congratulations to 2018 Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award Recipient, Winnie Uluocha, and 2018 Hancher-Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallion Recipient, Hannah Shirey

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Hannah Shirey
Hancher-Finkbine Graduate/Professional Student Medallion
Hannah Shirey, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, is pursuing a JD at the UI College of Law. Shirey has been committed to engaging with and advocating for immigrant communities since her childhood; advocating for immigrant Iowans as they navigate the legal system. In addition, Shirey has worked to ensure that members of the immigrant community in Johnson County know their legal rights and how to access critical resources and representation. During her time at the College of Law, she has been ranked in the top 20 percent of her class and elected editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review, overseeing the journal through its 103rd year of publication, and its first as a top 10 nationally ranked legal journal. Shirey has mentored numerous law students through her work on the Iowa Law Review, in the Clinical Law Program, and with the Organization of Women Law Students & Staff. Her love of learning is a core part of her identity, but most rewarding to Shirey is the joy found in conversations about law with her 80-year-old grandfather, an attorney and Iowa alum.

Winnie Uluocha
Phillip G. Hubbard Human Rights Undergraduate Award
Winnie Uluocha, from Chicago, Illinois, is a third-year student at the UI College of Law and a second-year Master of Health Administration student at the UI College of Public Health. Uluocha has made significant contributions toward furthering the university’s human rights policy through her work at the Colleges of Law and Public Health, service on diversity committees at both colleges, and a leadership role in the Black Law Students Association. She has taken an ongoing leadership role in revitalizing the law school’s Diversity Committee and focusing on the role of diversity and inclusion across the curriculum. This included being the driving force behind the creation of the Diversity Task Force to work on issues of diversity and inclusion within the Masters in Health Administration program. In addition, Uluocha has performed research on the implications of implicit bias in the criminal justice system, and in particular in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion and its disproportionate impact on communities of color. Uluocha’s research resulted in a paper that was recognized in 2018 with a Dare to Discover banner issued by the University’s Office of Vice President for Research and Economic Development.


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