A research team co-led by Professor Hosea Harvey is one of two recipients of the inaugural Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation. The prize, conferred by Wolters Kluwer, includes a $10,000 stipend for use in carrying out the proposed research.

Professor Harvey will collaborate with Gregory Parks, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, on The Pathways Project: Connecting Ambition with Opportunity for Underrepresented Law Students. The Pathways Project seeks to use data from a selection of national law schools to identify independent factors that contribute to under-performance in law school and on the bar exam, and to implement interventions to address those factors. Its goal is to serve law students from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. The prize will support the research and analysis costs associated with this data-heavy inquiry.

“Law schools have a responsibility to aim high, especially when it comes to the success of underrepresented law students. We are excited to partner with the nation’s leading educational resource provider—Wolters Kluwer—to help answer a critical question: how can law schools work harder and do better for underrepresented law students?” said Harvey. “Our goal is simple: to analyze data, gather best practices, and learn from law schools who are investing in the success of under-represented law students,” said Parks.

Dean Gregory N. Mandel had high praise for the vision behind the award-winning research proposal. “I’m extremely pleased that Professor Harvey and his co-investigator have received the Leading Edge Prize for Legal Innovation. The question at the heart of this project is critical to making the legal profession more accessible to under-represented law students, which is an essential component of our institutional mission. I look forward to seeing the results of this research and the recommendations.”

Wolters Kluwer launched the prizes with the purpose of awarding teams that demonstrated a vision for improving outcomes and educational opportunities for law school students and new associates. “We are thrilled to award the first Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation,” said Vikram Savkar, Vice President & General Manager, International and Higher Education Markets, Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. “We are committed to exploring how data and technology can improve outcomes in education and drive innovation in the practice of law. The winners of the competition demonstrated a great deal of creativity to help solve some of the most significant challenges that the legal community is facing today.”