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Former Garbage Truck worker set to graduate from Harvard Law School this year



Rehan Staton, a 27-year-old Maryland resident who spent years working as a garbage worker, is getting national attention as he prepares to graduate from Harvard Law School this year with a law degree.

In order to encourage other support personnel, he just co-founded the nonprofit organization The Reciprocity Effect.

Staton’s education worsened, as was previously said, as a result of his family’s financial and mental difficulties following his mother’s departure.

Since he was rejected from all colleges, he chose to work at Bates Trucking & Trash Removal in Bladensburg, Maryland, where his father and older brother were already employed.

That’s when the idea of going to college reoccurred to him.
“A lot of the folks at the sanitation company actually started referring to me as ‘smart’ and not a lot of folks have done that before,” Staton told Fox News.

“They essentially said you should go to school.” Staton was hesitant to pursue higher education at first but with the help of his boss, he got into Bowie State University.

He then transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in history.

While in college, he took out loans and he did not stop working as a janitor to pay for his education.

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At his job, he heard numerous stories from his co-workers who were formerly incarcerated.

It made him think about the law and the justice system as well as the possibility of him going to law school. Ultimately, he got accepted into Harvard.

His exceptional story then made national headlines and even caught the attention of media mogul Tyler Perry, who personally called him and offered to pay for his law school education.

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Staton started law school in August 2020. Since then, he has been making his mark in the field.

He co-founded The Reciprocity Effect, a non-profit organization that helps raise funds and provide financial relief to those who work in janitorial services.

He presently has a partnership with Harvard and aims to eventually add other institutions.

“Reciprocity’s nature would simply ensure that everyone wins,” he said. “The support staff are happier.

That would make us happier, which would then result in better work from them. We would produce better work as a result.

Staton, who will graduate in two weeks, also thinks of becoming a corporate lawyer with an emphasis on sports law.

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