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Mikayla Mangle

  • Hosted by Center for Heirs Property Preservation
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Charleston, South Carolina
  • Law school Tulane University School of Law
  • Issue area Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Community/Economic Development
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Mikayla (she/her/hers) will represent clients and educate members of the community on heirs’ property issues to help underserved communities build generational wealth through land and property ownership.

Heirs’ property occurs when an individual dies without a will. When there is no will, families who inherit the land lack a clear title to the land, which developers then use to their advantage to purchase the land, often without the knowledge of all the family members. Heirs’ property disproportionately affects African Americans and has resulted in a loss of vast amounts of land.

Growing up in South Carolina, Mikayla has seen many Black families lose their lands over the years and the demographics and cultures of cities rapidly change. After attending law school, Mikayla believes that, through the legal system, traditionally underserved communities can fight to keep their land and preserve their culture.

Fellowship Plans

Mikayla will represent clients in traditionally underserved communities in matters such as will writing and estate planning. Mikayla will also conduct educational seminars regarding heirs’ property and the importance of land preservation. At the end of her fellowship, Mikayla plans to compose a symposium where she will invite experts and scholars in heirs’ property and land loss issues to come and speak about heirs’ property in their respective regions.

Media

Law school research helped recent graduate land prestigious fellowship

As a mixed-race woman from the south, minority land ownership is important to me. My ancestors were not allowed to own property- but instead were property. Through this fellowship, I plan to address the racist history of the American legal system.

Mikayla Mangle /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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