HOUSTON- Cortlan J. Wickcliff is now graduating from Law School He continues to be a trailblazer! At only 22 years old, he is the youngest African-American male to attain this honor from Harvard Law School with a JD in Intellectual Property and Patent Law. At nineteen years old, was the youngest African-American male to attain a bioengineering degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Cortlan was born in Austin, Texas though his family is from a small town east of Houston – Liberty, Texas. His mother, Tanya Dugat-Wickliff, a young teen mother who worked hard to defy the odds and achieve a PhD in engineering, served as a great inspiration for his career choices. From an early age he has displayed a profound and unusual sense of the world in which he lives and the role that he has been called to play as a student, leader and community activist, regularly seeking to give back and encourage his peers to likewise pursue stretch goals. A few weeks after his 15th birthday, Cortlan left home to began his college experience at the University of North Texas. Two years after entering the University of North Texas, Cortlan completed the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and transferred to Rice University, where he was recognized during his collegiate career as a President’s List and Dean’s List student.
On Thursday, May 30th, he will graduate from Harvard Law School, in Cambridge, MA. Please continue your support as he begins the last portion of his academic journey. This fall, Cortlan will be attending Texas A&M in College Station, TX to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.