Thursday, September 22, 2011
Of the 22 “Genius Grants” that the MacArthur Foundation awarded this year, only one went to a lawyer. The foundation awards the grants of $500,000 over five years with no strings attached.
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.
The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.
Congratulations to Marie-Therese Connolly who has worked tirelessly to deal with the problem of elder abuse and mistreatment. She previously directed the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice and Nursing Home Initiative and now heads the Life Long Justice initiative of Appleseed, a nonprofit network of 17 public interest justice centers in the United States and Mexico. You can read more about her here.