The Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association in partnership with NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law proudly announce the recipients of the
2016 Rising Star Scholarship Awards
Gold Medal: Maria F. Baker
Maria came to this country from Colombia in search of the American dream. She had previously obtained her law degree in Colombia and began her legal studies in the US in 2013 as a night student. She will be graduating second in her class of evening students. Since starting law school, she has immersed herself in school activities and community involvement, including her work as a Junior Editor, ILSA-International Journal of Comparative Law, President of the American Constitution Society (and its founding member), Vice-President of the Hispanic Law Students Association and 3L Representative of the Immigration Law Organization. She participated in an internship with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and volunteers her time with the Consulate General of Colombia in Miami. She is committing her future to helping other immigrants attain their dreams.
Gold Medal: Kerry Valdez
Kerry is graduating summa cum laude and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nova Law Review. She was selected as Best Overall Oral Advocate at the Feinreider First Year Moot Court Competition. During an away competition in Buffalo NY, she was selected as Advocate and Lead Brief Writer runner up, while participating with Civil Pretrial Competition Travel Team, Nova Trial Association. She has also received other scholarships awards, including the Broward County Hispanic Bar’s award, the Merit Law Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Bland Law Scholarship Recipient, and NSU Fellowship for Public Service. It is obvious that her future is bright. Kerry has accepted an offer to clerk for the Honorable Melanie May, 4th DCA Judge.
Silver Medal: Suzanne J. Dycus
Suzanne is graduating cum laude. She has been very active in the community, including involvement with the Dispute Resolution Clinic and the Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Suzanne consistently volunteers at least four hours a week manning the Pro Bono hotline, serving low-income, underfunded and/or underrepresented people. She has also volunteered her time to present conflict resolution techniques at the PACE Center for Girls. Suzanne is dedicated to public service. Her most impressive accomplishment thus far is being selected as a JAG officer for active duty with the US Army JAC Corps. This is a very elusive position that is only offered to 7% of applicants. She will be beginning her military career in 2017.