Photo by: Goodwin Photography; HMUA by Madison Hardy Dennis
Hallie Hovey-Murray is a disability advocate, speaker and author. She is currently a third-year law student at William and Mary School of Law and president of the One in 68 Foundation, a Richmond based 501(c)(3) which works to help provide college preparatory resources for high-school students on the Autism Spectrum. At William and Mary, she was president of the Children’s Advocacy Law Society, a Leadership Fellow and a Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. She has competed in pageants for several years; and has held the titles of Miss Southwestern Virginia 2017, Miss Historic Hanover 2018, and currently holds the title of Miss Commonwealth 2019. At the Miss Virginia 2018 Pageant, she won the Empowered Women Scholarship as well as a community service award for her work with the One in 68 Foundation and her platform; One in 59: Ending the Stigma of Autism. She uses her platform as Miss Commonwealth to speak to groups across the Commonwealth about the importance of creating a more inclusive and accepting world for Students on the Autism Spectrum; and about ways for all students to set goals for themselves in spite of their obstacles.
She has also self-published two books; available on Amazon: a memoir, Overcoming Expectations (which will be re-released in April) and Sadie Goes to School; a children’s book about a students on the Autism Spectrum attending college for the first time.