Litigation Skills Program Awards Scholarships and Cash Prizes to its Top Students

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 Shanise Lawrence, Bethany Bandstra, Trinity Jordan, Donald Guerrazzi, Jacqueline Frisch, Yuliya Novik, Frank LoGrippo, and Alexis Alvarez

Pictured from left: Shanise Lawrence, Bethany Bandstra, Trinity Jordan, Donald Guerrazzi, Jacqueline Frisch, Yuliya Novik, Frank LoGrippo, and Alexis Alvarez

 

Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program recently awarded scholarships and cash prizes to its top students who distinguished themselves through their hard work and talent.

Shanise Lawrence accepted two of the awards given to students enrolled in the semester-long Litigation Skills I course -- the Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship and the Thomas Ewald Memorial Award. As part of her winnings, she received a $10,000 scholarship from the law firm of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, which is awarded to one minority law student who has completed the Litigation Skills program and has expressed an interest in trial advocacy. The Thomas Ewald Memorial Award is given to a student who best exemplifies the devotion to high standards and ethical conduct followed by Thomas Ewald. This award comes with a Montblanc pen - homage to the late Ewald, the Miami Law litigation professor who was known to carry the pen in his shirt pocket.

Alexis Alvarez was awarded the Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $8,000. The Vazquez Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 in honor of Marco A. Vazquez, a 1993 graduate of Miami Law. It is awarded each semester to an academically qualified second or third year law student who has completed the Litigation Skills Program and has demonstrated financial need.

Trinity Jordan received the Honorable Theodore Klein Endowed Scholarship, a $3,000 award, which was established in 2006 in memory of a former Law Professor and Federal Magistrate who was known for being a leader among his peers.

Additional winners included:

  • Donald Guerazzi, Frank LoGrippo and Yuliya Novik each received the Litigation Skills Adjunct Faculty Scholarship, a $2,000 award. This scholarship is given to a second or third year student who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy, professionalism and civility in the Lit Skills I class.
  • Bethany Bandstra and Jacqueline Frisch were awarded the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship, a $2,000 award, which was established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, a criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief of the U.S. State Department's Miami Strike Force, and founding partner of the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor and Evans.

Each semester students who distinguish themselves in Litigation Skills I qualify to receive these prestigious awards and scholarships generously donated to the law school.