The Richard D. Hailey Scholarships is awarded to the applicants who best meet the criteria listed, but not limited to, below:

  • Exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy

  • Express a desire to represent victims

  • Demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities

  • Show a financial need for the scholarship

The Richard D. Hailey Scholarship is open to all first and second-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and biracial AAJ law student members.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Richard D. Hailey Scholarship:

Portia Britt
University of Missouri, School of Law
Columbia, MO

Ka’Nea Brooks
Emory Law School
Atlanta, GA

Avvennett Gezahan
St. Louis University, School of Law
St. Louis, MO

Jiali Huang
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law 
New York, NY

Michael Park
University of Illinois, College of Law
Champaign, IL

Monique Peterkin
Howard University, School of Law
Washington, DC

2015 Cycle

Applications for the Richard D. Hailey Scholarship will be accepted beginning in February, 2015. 

Applications must include the following:

  • A resumé
  • 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.

 For more information, contact AAJ Education at 202-684-9563 or education@justice.org