Youngest African-American Set to Graduate From Harvard Law School: Cortlan J. Wickliff

Posted: June 29, 2014 in Shorts

Cortlan Wickliff, 22, is graduating from Harvard Law School on May 30, 2013. When he crosses the stage and receives his Juris Doctorate, Wickliff will be the youngest African-American to ever join the elusive law school alumni club.

Wickliff of Texas was the youngest African-American engineer in the United States when he finished a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering at 19.

The Rice University alum’s research includes developing a heart-and-respiration-rate monitor for babies as well transforming pacemakers to monitor vital signs. Wickliff’s interest in medicine and engineering developed after his father died of a heart attack. He has devoted his energy to creating cost-effective medical advancements that can save lives.

Wickliff, who’s a member of the Root’s Young Futurists list, will pursue a Ph.D. in engineering at Texas A&M University.  Congratulations Cortlan Wickliff.  Keep up the good work.


  1. Thank you for the words of encouragement, and I will do my best to keep working hard.

    – Cortlan –


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