Law student receives SCBA diversity scholarship
The Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that law student Lucinda Louis is the recipient of the 2020 Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship.
Louis is a second-year law student at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University College of Law. She is the president of the Black Law Student Association at FAMU Law School and is FAMU’s Law Student Ambassador.
The Council for Diversity and Inclusion’s work is to bolster the diversity of the local bar and welcome inclusion of qualified law students of underrepresented minorities who have expressed an interest to practice locally upon graduation. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship to their law schools, a 10-week summer employment program is afforded the law student.
Unfortunately, current realities stemming from the coronavirus pandemic made that opportunity impracticable because of the restrictions placed on local businesses including interested law firms.
However, because of the efforts of Jennifer Grosso, SCBA president-elect, in coordination with Carol Ann Kalish, Sarasota Memorial Hospital vice president and chief legal officer, Louis was afforded the opportunity to work remotely with the in-house legal team under the Semester in Practice program.
Reflecting on her Sarasota Memorial Hospital experience, Louis said “one thing that I admire is the diversity and everyone’s background in the office” and “although I am an intern, my voice and opinion matter in (the) majority of the project(s) that I’ve worked on or working on…” Louis describes herself this way: “I am a first generation Haitian American woman in law…” The SCBA’s CDI in teamwork with The Community Foundation of Sarasota County welcomes Louis to all opportunities that come availability in the future to become more familiar with our local legal community. The group looks forward to having Louis pursuing her legal career here.
Submitted by Holly Lipps
Lucinda Louis [SUBMITTED PHOTO]