Upcoming scholarships and new racial justice resources

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Charles Z. Smith Scholarship

The Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors WA state Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees.

To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color admitted to the UW School of Law;
(2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship;
(3) must have financial need (determined through OSFA) and
(4) must submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. This personal statement should not exceed 2 type-written double-spaced pages. All application materials must be sent via e-mail to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship will be awarded each year to a UW law student with an interest in the field of family law. McKinley Irvin is the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest focusing exclusively on divorce and family law. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights and responsibilities of families since 1991—handling all family attorney practice areas, as well as complex cases including high asset divorce, child custody and international family law matters.

To apply, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the practice of family law and (2) their resume to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

Due Feb. 1, 2015: Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson’s scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law.

To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) Documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) A personal statement (no more than 700 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) One letter of recommendation describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. The letter must be in a sealed envelope and can be delivered to the Office of Admissions & Financial, Room 231 by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.

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