First-Generation Law Student Scholarship Established by Alumni Couple

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The Levys

Guillermo Levy, J.D. ’00, and Christina Ceballos-Levy, J.D. ’00

Attorneys Guillermo Levy, J.D. ’00, and Christina Ceballos-Levy, J.D. ’00, have recently created a scholarship fund at Miami Law that helps first-generation law students finance their education. 

“We were both fortunate enough to have been recipients of scholarships during our time at Miami Law, and we felt it was our duty, and a privilege, to be able to give back in some measure,” said Levy, who graduated summa cum laude and served as projects editor of the University of Miami Law Review and is now senior corporate counsel at Caterpillar Inc. “The support, financial and otherwise, that we received during our time at Miami Law set us up for the professional success that both of us have enjoyed. Like it did for us, we hope that the scholarship will reward deserving law students and will encourage them down the road, as well as others who are in a position to do so now, to pay it forward.”

Ceballos-Levy, a shareholder at Kenny Nachwalter PA, graduated from Miami Law summa cum laude and served as executive editor of the University of Miami Law Review. She has focused her practice on complex commercial litigation and professional malpractice defense and has spent many years teaching legal research and writing to students in Miami Law’s U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers LL.M. Program

She has many happy memories of her time at Miami Law. 

“When I look back, there were so many moments—preparing for competitions with my moot court partners, lunches shared with colleagues in the law review office, fishing trips on the weekends—they all were integral to my experience at Miami Law and the feeling that it was there where I made these friends for life,” said Ceballos-Levy.

Levy remembers the time his wife was late to Professor Bernard Oxman’s class and the professor didn’t let her into the classroom. “I still get to brag about being the one that didn’t get thrown out of class!” 

The couple hopes the Guillermo Levy and Christina Ceballos-Levy Scholarship will make a legal education accessible to first-generation law students. 

“We want the recipient to have a certain quality in common with each of us—a first-generation lawyer in his or her family,” said Levy. “With this achievement comes not only the responsibility of helping your family members solve all of their legal problems, but also a great source of pride. We are happy to make a legal education more accessible to men and women who would be the first in their families to embark on this great journey that is the legal profession.”