Look around. Change is happening. People you know and people you pass on the street are in transition. They are transforming their lives. Unless you stop to hear their story, you may miss it.

Each year new and former Soros Justice Fellows gather for four days of discussions, workshops, plenaries, breakout sessions, and meals to debate and discuss issues facing the US criminal justice system.

On the last night of this year’s gathering in Detroit, seven Fellows took to the stage to share personal stories of transition and transformation. Life of the Law selected three of the seven stories presented that night for this week’s Feature Episode. You can listen to all seven stories by clicking on the individual photos below.


Transition and Transformation



2017 Soros Justice Media Fellow

2014 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow

Soros Justice Fellow 1997

Soros Justice Fellow 2010

2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow

2017 Soros Justice Youth Fellow

2017 Soros Justice Youth Fellow



Soros Justice Fellowships
is now accepting applications for 2018 Fellowships in 3 categories:

Advocacy Fellowships supports lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels

Media Fellowships supports writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues

Youth Activist Fellowships support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system

Applications accepted October 2 through December 6, 2017

For more information about the categories and to apply visit
Open Society Foundations – Soros Justice Fellowships


Production Notes:

LIVE LAW Detroit was produced in partnership with the Open Society Foundations – Soros Justice Fellowships. Our senior editor and producer is Tony Gannon. Special thanks to Adam Culbreath and Christina Voight with the Soros Justice Fellowship for making this event possible. Marc Ajrouche engineered in Detroit. Howard Gelman engineered at KQED in San Francisco.

Our post production editors are Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle and Rachael Cain.  Music in this episode was composed by Ian Coss.

This episode of Life of the Law was funded in part by grants from the Open Society Foundations,  Law and Society Association, and the National Science Foundation.

This episode of Life of the Law was sponsored by Justworks Our listeners receive a free month when they join. Go to Justworks.com/podcast. And by Hello Fresh. Visit hellofresh.com and enter promo code LAW30 for $30 off your first week of HelloFresh.

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