AAJ’s Minority Caucus will award $5,000 scholarships to minority Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school. Winners will be provided travel and accommodations to attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

2017 Cycle

The 2017 scholarship cycle will open in February 2017. Scholarship applications will be due May 1, 2017

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best:

  • Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
  • Expresses a desire to represent victims
  • Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities
  • Shows a financial need for the scholarship

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 the form.  

Every applicant must be an AAJ law student member (join here) and enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submit applications to:

AAJ Education 
777 6th Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

For more information, contact AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 or education@justice.org

To donate to the Richard D. Hailey Scholarship fund, visit https://www.justice.org/haileyscholarship.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 Richard D. Hailey Scholarship:

 Brittany Smith, Boston College Law School

Past Recipients 


Luis Beltran, University of California, Hastings College of Law
Shevonne S. Greene, Fordham University School of Law 


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