Second-year law student Gracia Cuzzi was recently awarded a 2010-2011 Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) Scholarship in recognition of her service to the community.
"Receiving this scholarship is an honor and reinforces my commitment to serving the public interest in Miami," says Cuzzi.
Hailing from Boston, Cuzzi is a 2004 graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she earned her bachelor's degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs with a focus on Latin American Studies. Her varied experiences abroad, including a volunteer teaching assignment in an impoverished village in Peru and fieldwork in Africa and Asia, influenced her to pursue a career in international law with a focus on human rights.
During her time at Miami Law, Cuzzi has worked to promote human rights and respect for the rule of law both internationally and locally. Last summer she participated in the Africa Neutral Trial Observer Initiative where she evaluated Namibia's adherence to the domestic and international laws governing trial proceedings. She also investigated the work NGOs were doing in Namibia that touched upon the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Locally, Cuzzi is involved in a project that advocates for victims of wage theft and raises awareness of this unscrupulous practice. The end product will be a photography exhibit that sensitively portrays a struggle that many immigrants in Miami face. In addition, she volunteers for the Community Partnership for the Homeless and Legal Art in Miami.
FAWL is a professional organization that is devoted to actively promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession. The membership of Miami-Dade FAWL is comprised of a diverse group of men and women who pursue the common goal of promoting women's opportunities and rights. The Miami Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers offers several scholarships to law students who have made or seek to make contributions to the community in the areas of health, safety, human rights, or human welfare.