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Sunday, June 15, 2008  
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Rauh Scholarships

Joseph L. Rauh was a civil rights attorney and political activist who wholeheartedly believed in hands on legal education.  The Rauh Scholarships are awarded annually to the second year law student who completes the best community service project in his/her first year and to the third year law student who is the top performer in his/her second-year clinic.

Joseph Fay, ‘09, graduated from Rollins College in 2004, with a political science degree.  For his community service project, he served as a Judge at the Time Dollar Youth Court.  He developed an extraordinary rapport with the jurors, respondents and their families.  Joe imparted a sense of fairness and genuine concern for the respondents that came before him.  He encouraged jury members to choose programs for the respondents that would benefit them, helping them to change their behavior and to approach problems constructively in the future.  Joe is passionate about the mission of the Time Dollar Youth Court, particularly because it has proven to curb peer pressure and divert youth from further involvement in the juvenile justice system.  He continued to volunteer at the Time Dollar Youth Court far beyond his 40-hour volunteer obligation.  In addition, he played a pivotal part in mobilizing families, jurors and community leaders in an effort to preserve funding for the Youth Court for years to come.

Maria Mier, ‘08, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where she majored in Government and Foreign Affairs. Maria received the Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Scholarship for her outstanding work in the Community Development Clinic. She devoted over 300 hours advocating for the protection of affordable housing for District residents. She led a Tenant Purchase Project where she assisted over seventy low-income families in protecting their housing. She is currently seeking funding for a project that will employ both lawyers and community organizers dedicated to combating the housing crisis in the District of Columbia. Maria, President of the School of Law’s National Lawyer’s Guild and an Associate Editor of Law Review, also received the Olender Foundation Earl H. Davis Award, and was a Dean’s Fellow. Maria plans to start a housing law practice with alumna Alysia Robben, '07.

Freeman Scholarship

Gary S. Freeman, an Antioch Law graduate, tirelessly gave his time to preserve our legal system.

Ariel Shea, '08, received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science: Urban Policy, summa cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo.  Following college, she traveled around the country and then worked for a year at OMB Watch, a small non-profit in Washington, DC, that focuses on federal regulatory policy, freedom of information and non-profit advocacy.  Her work at OMB Watch sparked an interest in the use of technology to build non-profit institutional capacity.  Ariel then worked for several years as a technology and information management consultant, with her favorite client being the D.C. School of Law Foundation.  She was also active in organizing anti-war and anti-racism demonstrations in the District. 

Her work for DCSL, combined with her interests in social institutions and social justice, led her to become a law student.  As a student, she worked in the Housing and Consumer Law Clinic, the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic, and as an intern to the Honorable Inez Smith Reid of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  She was a member of the Student Bar Association, National Lawyers' Guild, Equal Justice Works, and the Drug Policy Reform Group of UDC.  She was named a Dean's Fellow, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar, and Associate Editor of the UDC Law Review.  She continued to consult for the School throughout her time as a student, maintaining the website, building databases, performing accounting, and generally serving as a "Jill-of-all-trades” for staff and students.  Ariel currently works as an electronic services librarian at UDC-DCSL and will sit for the MD bar this summer.

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