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Legal Fellow




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Mashayla Hays earned her bachelor’s degree in Pan-African Studies in 2015 from the University of Louisville and her JD from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Mashayla received the Louisville Bar Associations Trailblazer Student Scholarship Award, a Kentucky Legal Educations Opportunity Scholar and was awarded the Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Service Award, given to the law graduate with the most public service hours.

Previously, she worked as an If/When/How Reproductive Justice State Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA where she focused on high impact litigation around equal access to reproductive healthcare, challenging sex and gender discrimination and advocating for reproductive justice state and federal policies. 

She was a summer 2017 intern and recently rejoined our staff as a Legal Fellow working under the direction of the Legal team to defend individual rights and civil liberties in Kentucky state and federal court.

Mashayla is a Louisville native, graduating from Central High School. As a product of Central High School Partnership, Mashayla was able to teach in both Street Law and Marshall Brennan Constitutional Programs.

In her free time, Mashayla enjoys volunteering, spend time with family and friends, reading teen fiction and black feminism books, and playing arcade games.