Hakeem is the 2020-2021 Walter B. Prince Fellowship recipient. The fellowship was created by Prince Lobel and the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 2019 to honor the legacy of firm co-founder Walter Prince, whose early career included work with the Roxbury Defenders. Attorney Prince was a Roxbury Defender from 1974 to 1976, and he was the chairman of the Committee from January 1992 through November 1993. The fellowship is a one-year program that provides financial and training support to an outstanding attorney at the beginning of his or her career. Fellowship recipients spend a year working and training as a public defender while being compensated by Prince Lobel. Notes Attorney Prince, “This fellowship paves the way for a very bright and talented young lawyer to get a good start in the profession and in providing quality legal services to indigent clients.”
Hakeem is a 2020 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, with a concentration in human rights, criminal defense, and international law. He was a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern, a National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer summer law fellow, and was a fellow in the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.
Hakeem was a legal intern at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, an intern for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, and an intern with Prisoners Legal Services. He was also a student attorney for Northeastern’s Prisoners’ Rights Clinic, an intern with The Legal Aid Society in Queens, New York, a researcher for Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic, and a research assistant at Northeastern’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy & Collaboration.
“We are looking for someone who is committed to providing quality legal services to indigent clients and someone who is passionate about the Constitution,” Attorney Prince has said. “We want someone who is passionate about making sure that everyone has the right to a fair trial.”
Prince Lobel welcomes Hakeem Muhammad.
- Northeastern University School of Law