June 26, 2023
High flying Olsen set for Yale
The winner of this year’s Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award says she’s been inspired by Māori lawyers and particularly wāhine Māori who studied in the United States and brought what they learned back to Aotearoa to benefit Māori communities.
Yasmin Olsen from Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua, and Ngāti Tīpā will complete a Master of Laws at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
The University of Otago graduate was a clerk for High Court Justice Matthew Palmer for two years after leaving law school, and for the past five year’s she’s been a crown Prosecutor at Kayes Fletcher Walker in Tamaki Makaurau.
She says criminal justice reform work happening at Yale is having a profound impact across the United States, and she also looks forward to connecting with other indigenous peoples within Yale and across the US generally.
NPM co-director and Fulbright alumna Professor Tahu Kukutai says Ms Olsen’s scholarship and leadership is exemplary, as is her commitment to transformative justice for our whānau and communities.