AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship

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AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship 

Open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school, this $2,500 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.


The American Association for Justice proudly announces Kyle Peasley as the 2013 recipient of the Trial Advocacy Scholarship.

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 he began law school, he quickly started volunteering time serving 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 of 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 his school's 2013 1L mock trial tournament. Before the actual tournament began, he held numerous mock trial crash courses over the weekend to prepare first-year students who had never participated in mock trial. Soon after the tournament came to a close, he was appointed the Mock Trial Chair for the 2014 school year. He is planning on revamping the advocacy program as much as possible: boosting participation in AAJ's Student Trial Advocacy Competition, inviting more trial attorneys to his 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.


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.

Download and print out the form

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
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
800.424.2725, ext. 8612

Past Recipients

2012: Shawna Booth

The American Association for Justice
777 6th Street, NW, Ste 200 • Washington, DC  20001 • 800.424.2725 or 202.965.3500

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