The 2013 Trial Advocacy Scholarship was awarded to Kyle Peasley. Kyle received his Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and is currently a rising third year law student at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
When Kyle began law school, he served as the presiding judge for the Penn State Mock Trial team during practice rounds and invitational tournaments. During his second semester of law school, he founded Penn State Law's student chapter of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Shortly after, he was elected president of the organization's executive board. His passion for trial advocacy soon landed him a spot as Penn State Law's Mock Trial Chair. As the chair, he organized and judged the school's 2013 1L mock trial tournament. Soon after the tournament came to a close, he was appointed the Mock Trial Chair for the 2014 school year. He plans to revamp the advocacy program as much as possible: boosting participation in AAJ's Student Trial Advocacy Competition, inviting more trial attorneys to campus for engaging lectures, and holding several mock trial classes to better prepare 1L and 2L law students for Penn State Law's 2014 Mock Trial tournament.
Trial Advocacy Scholarship
More information on the 2014 scholarship cycle to come.
This scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second or third-year of law school. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best:
1. demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive
involvement in AAJ student chapter activities;
2. expresses a desire to represent victims;
3. exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
4. shows a financial need for the scholarship.
Applications must include the following:
• A resumé
• A statement of financial need
• A 500-word essay on how you meet the criteria
• Up to three (3) recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ
member, or trial lawyer; and
• A completed form verifying your student status.
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Every applicant must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The application deadline has passed.
Send applications to:
American Association for Justice
Attn: AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
777 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
800.424.2725, ext. 8612