Three First-Year Students Receive Law School's Top Scholarships
Three members of the Class of 2014 have received the University of Virginia School of Law's most prestigious scholarships.
Laura Musselman and Kenneth Hoover received Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarships, named in honor of the Law School's fourth dean, a 1927 graduate and retired judge of the International Court of Justice.
Lindsay Roberts was named a Jefferson Law Fellow. Jefferson Fellowships are awarded University-wide in recognition of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.
Both the Dillard and Jefferson Law Fellow scholarships provide full tuition and a stipend to recipients.
'Lindsay, Ken and Laura are going to be exceptional law students and alumni and are most deserving of their scholarships," said Jason Wu Trujillo '01, who led the Law School's admissions effort until joining the Law School Foundation as a leadership gifts officer in June. "I look forward to following their careers."
The three recipients were selected from the Law School's entering class, which had the lowest acceptance rate and highest median grade-point average in the school's history. (Class of 2014 Profile)
Hometown: Dallas, Penn.
Education: B.A. in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania
Notable work experience: Following graduate school, I served three years on the nuclear powered fast-attack submarine U.S.S San Juan (SSN-751). While at sea, I led watch teams composed of the best sailors in the Navy, both driving the submarine and operating the submarine's nuclear propulsion plant. In port I helped manage ship maintenance and crew training as the submarine's assistant engineer officer and quality assurance officer, and oversaw maintenance of the nuclear reactor as the reactor control officer.
My most recent assignment was a two-year teaching position in the electrical and computer engineering department at the Naval Academy. It was a great honor to return to my alma mater and not only teach the next generation of officers but also to serve as a mentor to them.
Why law? A good friend introduced me to the field of patent law before I began graduate school. As I learned more about the career and met other patent attorneys, I decided that patent law would be a good fit for me after the Navy. I wanted to remain involved with new technologies and also liked the idea of helping inventors to secure their rights to those technologies. My decision was validated during an internship this summer with the patent attorneys at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. I found the work at NRL intellectually stimulating and enjoyable. Besides, being able to earn a living while learning about cool inventions and being able to work with some of the world's brightest engineers and scientists is hard to pass up.
Why Virginia Law? Coming from the Naval Academy and having spent my entire adult life in the military where nothing gets accomplished without teamwork and a strong sense of camaraderie, Virginia was the only choice for me! In addition, Virginia has a wonderful environment for my family. Every law family we met at UVA said that they have enjoyed their experience here. When my wife and I heard a law student's spouse say that she was going to miss the Virginia Law community after they leave, we knew we had made the right choice.
What would you like to do with your law degree? Following the great experience I had working with the attorneys at NRL, I'd be hard-pressed to choose something other than patent law. That said, I do plan to keep an open mind and am also interested in the Law School's Law & Business Program.
Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.
Education: B.A. in business administration from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, with majors in international business and marketing and a minor in Spanish.
Notable work experience: During my undergraduate career, I worked part-time at the University of South Carolina Visitor Center, presenting campus tours to visiting students, their families and other important guests of the university; assisting with admissions events such as open houses; and representing the student body to alumni, benefactors, politicians and the Columbia, S.C., community at presidential functions.
While studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, I had the opportunity to briefly intern with two small law firms: Bufete Fiz y Garzón Asesores, S.C.P. and Bufete Yagüe Abogados, S.L.P. This past summer, I was fortunate to work for the business services department of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, offering insight to start-up and existing businesses, supporting recycling market development and providing information to the governor's office concerning international trade partners.
Why law? Law offers a means to bring order to our society and address injustice. It allows nations to reward those with integrity and discourage behavior detrimental to others. Law's continual evolution within society fascinates me, and its broad spectrum of influence provides myriad professional opportunities upon receipt of a law degree.
Why Virginia Law? Virginia's academic reputation, outstanding faculty and collegial atmosphere made it seem like the perfect location to receive a top-notch legal education while enjoying the fun and benefits of the Virginia Law community. The rave reviews from alumni and their generous financial commitments to the University were impressive and cemented in my mind that Virginia Law was the correct decision for me.
What would you like to do with your law degree? Having a great passion for law, business and languages, I hope to find the opportunity to live and work internationally following graduation from UVA Law, perhaps supporting economic development or facilitating cross-cultural connections and business transactions for multinational corporations.
Jefferson Law Fellow
Hometown: Erie, Penn.
Education: B.S. in education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; Master of Education from the University of Scranton
Notable work experience: Two years teaching in Spotsylvania County, Va.; three years teaching in Loudoun County, Va.
Why law? I realized that through law I could make a positive impact on not just children in my classroom, but the institutions and society that play such large roles in who they become and the opportunities they are given.
Why Virginia Law? Not only is UVA Law a top-10 law school located in a beautiful city within a state I have grown to love; there is also the factor that everyone who has attended, taught or knows someone at UVA Law has nothing but the highest regards for the school, the faculty and the collegial student atmosphere.
What would you like to do with your law degree? I hope to become a part of the movement toward improving our nation's education system and opportunities for children of all backgrounds.
Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.