Cornell alum Rob Hendricks '17, government major and now a third year Cornell Law school student, was instrumental in coordinating relief and political awareness efforts at the graduate level following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Rob served as a peer mentor for the University of Puerto Rico students that were studying at Cornell during the Spring 2018 semester.
Rob's recent article, Resiliency as a Social Movement, explores how Puerto Rican resiliency in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria repudiated the expressive functions of American colonialism. The first part of the paper discusses the formation, legitimation, solidification, and perpetuation of the law and the events associated with each phase. In the paper’s second part, Rob discusses how Puerto Ricans have displayed resiliency in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, how their resiliency has repudiated the expressive functions of the law, and how their resiliency is not a new development.
Rob serves as the Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review. He is passionate about Puerto Rico and hopes his paper can do a small part in bringing increased awareness to the political and legal status of the island and the strength of its people.