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Colston Receives Award for Leadership in Law and Religion
By CSLR | Emory Law | May 4, 2022 7:05:00 AM

Colston Wins Eliza Ellison Prize for Leadership in Law and Religion

Ari Colston (JD/MDiv 2022) received the Eliza Ellison Prize for Leadership in Law and Religion.

The prize was created in 2009 to honor Eliza Ellison, who served many years as the Center’s Associate Director and later Director of Publications. The award, made possible by the generosity of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Center, is awarded to a graduate who has shown special initiative in leading law and religion studies within and beyond the classroom.

“Being a JD/MDiv student was challenging, but rewarding,” Colston says. She describes law and religion as being different languages, and her experience at the Center as formative in allowing her to acquire fluency in both. “I’ve learned to think critically about the ways they overlap."

Throughout her time at Emory, Colston pursued a diverse range of internship experiences that connected her interests in religion, race, and property law, including at the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. She expresses her gratitude to the Center and CSLR faculty for providing her with the opportunity to engage in critical inquiry.

After graduation, Colston will pursue her Ph.D. in Religion at Princeton University concentrating on religion in America.