Litigation Skills Program Announces Spring 2022 Scholarship & Award Winners

Litigation Skills Program Announces Spring 2022 Scholarship & Award Winners

Litigation Skills scholarship & award recipients 
By Michelle Valencia

Litigation Skills scholarship & award recipients 

Litigation Skills Program Announces Spring 2022 Scholarship & Award Winners

By Michelle Valencia

Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program recently awarded 13 scholarships to several students who distinguished themselves this past semester with their hard work and trial advocacy skills.

Myles Crandall, Samantha Goldstein, Nicole Leon, Marina Santos, Rebecca Ettenberg, Daniel Herrera, Jessica Nunez Munoz, David Scollan, Reunie Faustin, Elizabeth Keck, Lauren O’Neil and Gabby Teixeira received the Director’s Book Award for Excellence in Litigation Skills, which is awarded each semester to the top performing students for their excellence in trial advocacy.

Daniela Carreras received the Thomas Ewald Memorial Award, which is given to a student who best exemplifies the devotion to high standards and ethical conduct followed by Thomas Ewald. This award comes with a Montblanc pen – an homage to the late Ewald, the Miami Law trial advocacy professor who was known to carry the pen in his shirt pocket. Carreras was also awarded the $1,000 American Board of Trial Advocates Award given annually by ABOTA to the student who best exemplifies ABOTA ’s commitment to the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury and to upholding the highest levels of civility, integrity, and professionalism of the bar.

Alejandra de la Camara received the Hon. Stanford Blake Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. This is a $500 cash prize given to a 2L or 3L who has excelled in Trial Skills.

Daniel Mantzoor and Armand del Castillo both received the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, a criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief of the U.S. State Department's Miami Strike Force, and founding partner of the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor, and Evans.

Marlene Gonzalez, Daniela Roldan, and Kayla Wong each received the Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $5,000. This scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of a former Miami Law and Litigation Skills Program graduate.

Tanisha Wright was awarded the Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship. Established in 1995 by one of Miami’s leading law firms, it is awarded to a minority law student who has completed Litigation Skills and has expressed an interest in trial advocacy.

Alexis Hammond received the Honorable Theodore Klein Endowed Scholarship in the amount of $3,500. This scholarship was established in 2006 in memory of a former Litigation Skills Faculty member, Law Professor, and U. S. Magistrate Judge who was recognized as a leader among his peers.

Christin Swanepoel was awarded the $2,500 Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo Endowed Scholarship.

Adam Bernstein was awarded The Richard L. Lapidus Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund in the amount of $5,000. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has excelled in the Litigation Skills program and demonstrated a clear understanding of legal ethics.

Cosimo Gaudio, Sabrina Ortega, and Jason Perez were awarded the $5,000 John M. Hogan Fund for Public Interest Litigation Scholarship, which memorializes John Hogan’s life and legacy. The law firm of Holland & Knight established the John M. Hogan Fund for Public Interest Litigation at Miami Law to be used to provide scholarship assistance to Hogan Scholars—law students who are certified legal interns with a preference given to students who wish to be placed at Legal Services of Greater Miami or the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

Cory Harstein received the $5,000 Daniel S. Pearson Endowed Scholarship. The award is given to students who show great promise as trial lawyers and dedication to public service and the highest standards of professionalism.

Jacob Niergarth was awarded the Ervin A. Gonzalez, JD ’85 Endowed Scholarship. The $5,500 scholarship is awarded to a student that has shown excellence in litigation skills.

Read more about the Litigation Skills Program at Miami Law.