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Legal Scholarship Profiles

Wednesday, October 15, 2008  
Posted by: The Advocate
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Legal scholar awards are granted to entering students who have distinguished themselves academically, and whose admission application essays, references, goals, and activities are exceptional. The recipients of these awards exemplify through their admission application the potential to be a legal scholar or an attorney who will use the law as a tool for social justice in the public interest.
Marshall Chriswell is the recipient of the Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto Scholarship. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law, Marshall successfully completed the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars: Law and Criminal Justice Program, with a focus on legal advocacy for employee whistleblowers. His work was recognized by the university, and he received the IUP Political Science Department's "Outstanding Intern of the Year" award. He has worked as the Director of Public Affairs of the National Whistleblower Center and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Whistleblower Protection Blog. After graduation, Marshall plans to continue working on issues related to whistleblower rights and litigation.

Brec Cooke is the recipient of the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Scholarship. A graduate of George Washington University, with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations/ Chinese Studies; Dartmouth College, with a Master’s degree in Culture Studies; and Plymouth College with a Master’s degree in Education, Brec was a full time faculty member at American University’s School of Education, Teaching & Health. He has also worked as a director of legislation for the Honorable Teno Roncalio (D-Wyo), served as Associate Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Utah and as Associate Director of the Utah State Planning Office, and worked for eight years as Director of the Legislative Policy Group for the Wyoming State Democratic Party. His research and teaching interests are in urban education, critical race theory, Native American education, and critical literacy. After graduation, Brec plans to work in public defense with the juvenile justice system and in family law.
Evan Mascagni is a recipient of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Scholar Scholarship. An honors graduate of Rollins College in Florida, where he majored in Sociology, Evan was nominated and inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). During his senior year, Evan was awarded the C. Wright Mills Award for Academic Excellence in Sociology and his research paper, addressing the state of Black America (examining the shift from traditional to modern racism in America), was published. Evan was also involved with the Rollins College Democrats and worked with Amnesty International to organize countless events addressing social issues of the underprivileged. While in Central Florida, Evan also collaborated with several organizations to organize film screenings, protests, seminars, and rallies to raise awareness about serious social issues not only in the community, but also around the globe. He is unsure of where in the non-profit sector he wants to focus his efforts, but Evan came to UDC-DCSL for its strong commitment to public interest and plans on pursuing a career in that field.

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