Foundation Announces 2018 Law Student Scholarship Recipient

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship: Jasmine Stanzick of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

This new scholarship promotes the practice of federal law by awarding a scholarship of $5,000 to a law student attending an ABA accredited law school. The scholarship is named in honor of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association past president and founder of the Fellows program, Robert A. McNew, who also served as president of the FBA and a director of the Federal Bar Building Corporation. Bob has been an active member of the FBA for more than 30 years and continues to support the Foundation in his retirement.  Applicants for the Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship must exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives through participation in the FBA, law school, community activities, and academic achievement. Application materials include a personal essay, transcript, and letters of recommendation.

Jasmine is a second-year law student at Loyola. She externed last summer for Judge Sara L. Ellis, U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, researching and drafting judicial opinions for pre-trial motions including Title VI discrimination and misappropriation of trade secrets claims. She was also a student writer on the American Bar Association Student Lawyer Magazine during the summer of 2017.   

Growing up in Rabat, Morocco, Jasmine supervised the Sister Club at the Rabat American High School, organizing a group of workshops with girls from impoverished Moroccan towns to instruct them how to use technology to learn English and educate them on their rights as women in Morocco. In 2014, she coordinated a youth leadership workshop with Lady Khama Charitable Trust in Gaborone, Botswana.

Her long list of accomplishments in law school include serving as president of the Loyola Federal Bar Association and winning Best Brief at the Thomas Tang Moot Court National Competition, of which she was also a national champion. She also received the CALI award for the best grade in her legal writing course.

"The Federal Bar Association has been instrumental in helping me achieve my goals," Jasmine wrote in her personal essay. "In my short time as president of the Loyola FBA, I have been able to share and promote the incredible community I have become a part of. In the two events we have held this semester, student interest in the FBA has expanded as a result of the talented and experienced professionals that generously agree to share their time and knowledge, including Judge (Virginia M.) Kendall and Magistrate Judge (Young B.) Kim from the Northern District of Illinois. I have come to realize that the FBA is not just a group you join in law school, but one that remains with you for the remainder of your legal career and one that I am thrilled and honored to be a part of."

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; gifts may be tax deductible. For more information about the Foundation of the FBA, please see www.fedbar.org/foundation.

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