Solomon Worlds, ’21
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Ypsilanti, MI
During his early life, Solomon Worlds focused on music, specifically playing the saxophone. However, at the University of Iowa, where Worlds studied music and psychology, he realized that he was not the type of person who is fulfilled through music alone, and he became more involved in his new community in Iowa. Worlds learned how to be a more active advocate and ally through his involvement with an LGBTQ professional development group and a local nonprofit organization that provided services for the homeless. These experiences led him to believe that a law degree would help him further his greatest passion—serving marginalized communities.
“Law school didn’t click for me until about halfway through, in my third semester, when I took courses on the intersection of race and law, federal Indian law and policy, immigration law, and a local government course that focused on Detroit,” says Worlds. “Studying and discussing issues plaguing communities I cared about helped me contextualize the law in a way that is necessary for me to be the radical legal practitioner I intend to be.”
Studying and discussing issues plaguing communities I cared about helped me contextualize the law in a way that is necessary for me to be the radical legal practitioner I intend to be.”
Worlds collaborated with Professor Len Niehoff on an article for the American Bar Association, “Race and the First Amendment: A Compendium of Resources,” that was published in 2021. Through this article, they aimed to help the legal community consider how the critically important values of free speech and racial justice intersect and often clash.
“At Michigan Law, the professors care and want to work with you, and the students go the extra mile to help each other,” says Worlds. “I only went to one law school, but my friends at other schools are rarely as quick to express similar sentiments. We (and that’s the royal “we”) love the Michigan difference!”