Awards Given by Faculty and Administration

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Academic Achievement Program Award

When warranted, and typically after four semesters as a Dean's Fellow, one or two Dean's Fellows may be recognized for outstanding dedication and service to the Academic Achievement Program and presented with a plaque acknowledging this special honor. This award is presented and the recipient designated at the discretion of the AAP Director.

Center for Ethics and Public Service

The Center for Ethics & Public Service Fellowship Prizes are given each year at the Center's spring reception to a graduating 3L fellow in each of the Center's clinics and programs: Children & Youth Law Clinic; Community Economic Development & Design Clinic; Health and Elder Law Clinic; Corporate & Professional Responsibility Program; Joint Program on Law, Public Policy & Ethics; and the Miami Street Law Program. The award is given in recognition of the excellence of their work and the commitment to their clinics/programs.

Dean of Students Outstanding Service and Leadership Award

These awards are given at the discretion of the Dean of Students to members of the student body who make a significant contribution to the law school community as student leaders.

Partnership for Professionalism Outstanding Student Award

This annual award is given at the discretion of the Dean of Students and the Associate Dean of Students to recognize members of the student body for their outstanding contribution to the Partnership for Professionalism Program. Recipients will be presented with a plaque acknowledging this special honor.

Litigation Skills Program (Fall Semester)

Judge Philip Bloom Award for Litigation Skills: This $1,000 cash award is presented to an outstanding third year minority law student in the Litigation Skills Program.

John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief of the US State Department's Miami Strike Force, and founding partner of the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor and Evans. It is awarded to a second or third year student who has expressed an interest in trial practice.

Thomas Ewald Memorial Award: This award is given each semester to the student in Litigation Skills who best exemplifies the devotion to high standards and ethical conduct followed by Tom Ewald.

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship: Established in 1995 by one of Miami's leading law firms, this scholarship is awarded to a minority law student who has completed Litigation Skills and has expressed an interest in trial advocacy.

Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1996 in memory of Marco A. Vazquez, a 1993 graduate of the school of Law, the Marco A. Vazquez Scholarship is awarded annually to an academically qualified second or third year law student who has completed the Litigation Skills Program and who has demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to Cuban/American students.

Honorable Theodore Klein Endowed Scholarship: Established in 2006 in memory of Theodore Klein, an outstanding lawyer, law professor, federal magistrate and a leader among his peers, this scholarship is awarded to a rising second or third year law student who has demonstrated financial need, demonstrated ability and excellence in oral and written advocacy and has demonstrated commitment to public service.

Litigation Skills Program (Spring Semester)

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA Award): A cash prize of $1,000 is given each spring to the top third year minority law student who is interested in becoming a civil trial lawyer.

John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, 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. It is awarded to a second or third year student who has expressed an interest in trial practice.

Thomas Ewald Memorial Award: This award is given each semester to the student in Litigation Skills who best exemplifies the devotion to high standards and ethical conduct followed by Tom Ewald.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL Award): This $250 cash award is given each spring semester to the top second year law student(s) who show great promise in the practice of Criminal Litigation. The number of recipients and the amount of the award vary from year to year.

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship: Established in 1995 by one of Miami's leading law firms, this $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a second year minority law student with an interest in trial advocacy.

Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1996 in memory of Marco A. Vazquez, a 1993 graduate of the School of Law, the Marco A. Vazquez Scholarship is awarded annually to an academically qualified law student who has completed the Litigation Skills Program and who has demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to Cuban/American students.

Public Interest Awards

3L Awards: Exemplary Service to the Poor: This award is given to a graduating 3L student who has performed exemplary service benefiting poor persons. The work must have been accomplished through an existing student or community organization. Qualifying work includes law-related as well as non-law-related work and may be either directly beneficial to poor persons or to a charitable, religious, or educational organization whose overall mission and activities predominately address the needs of poor persons. The term "poor" is not limited to those who meet federal poverty standards but also includes "working poor." A qualifying student may have received academic credit or financial compensation for the work.

Innovative Service in the Public Interest: This award may be given to a graduating 3L student or to a student organization whose board membership consists significantly of graduating 3L students. Qualifying work includes the meaningful expansion of an existing program, or the creation of a new program. The award seeks to recognize innovation in addressing public interest concerns and may include (1) work for persons of limited means; (2) work that expands the work of a charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organization and addresses the needs of persons of limited means; (3) work that is designed to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties, or public rights; (4) work that expands the work of a charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and/or educational organization; (5) work that is designed to improve the law, the legal system, or the legal profession. A qualifying student may have received academic credit or financial compensation for the work. For more information on the Application Process, contact the HOPE office.

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

The Dean of the Law School nominates a designated number of students for recognition at a University-wide ceremony on the basis of scholastic ability; participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the University and community, and potential for future achievement.