The 2012 Leesfield Scholarship was awarded to Gabriela M. Schultz. Gabriela is entering her third year at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and her second year of Loyola's MBA program. Her passion for litigation was ignited when she spent several summers interning for the Cook County (Illinois) State's Attorney's Office while attending Northwestern University for her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Policy in addition to working for a solo practitioner specializing in immigration law.
Upon entering law school, Gabriela continued to seek academic and extracurricular opportunities particularly in the areas of trial advocacy and legal writing. As a member of the Thomas Tang Moot Court team, Gabriela won the Chicago Regional competition as well as the Best Brief Award. Additionally, she is a member of the Children's Legal Rights Journal editorial team, a Legal Writing Tutor, and a research assistant for a Northwestern University professor. She worked as a law clerk at SmithAmundsen and was an extern for The Honorable Chief Judge Bruce Black in the Federal Bankruptcy Court. Ms. Schultz will be interning with the United States Attorney's Office in the fall of 2012 and is currently utilizing her 711 license as a law clerk for the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
2013 Leesfield Scholarship
Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and AAJ, this scholarship has been established to award $2,500 to a law student for attendance at AAJ's AAJ Annual Convention. The 2013 Annual Convention will be held in San Francisco, California on July 20 - July 23. This scholarship is available to first and second year AAJ Law Student Members.
Applications must include the following:
• A resumé
• A statement of financial need
• A 500-word written request substantiating the applicant's commitment to preserving the civil
• 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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Applications are due May 1, 2013!
Every applicant must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Send applications to:
American Association for Justice
Attn: Catherine Rodman
777 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001