2020-21 Ritter Scholars Named
The University of Virginia School of Law has named four students as 2020-21 Ritter Scholars: Kunchok Dolma, Cat Guerrier, Maria Luevano and Wilson Miller.
Established by Willis Ritter ’65 in 1983 in honor of his parents, the Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prizes recognize third-year students “who best exemplify the qualities of honor, character and integrity envisioned by Thomas Jefferson when he founded UVA.” The honorees — selected based on nominations from students, faculty, staff and alumni — receive a tuition award.
Kunchok Dolma is the Human Rights Program student coordinator, a national liaison for the National Lawyers Guild chapter at UVA Law and a student in the International Human Rights Clinic. She formerly served as president of Women of Color and has been a research assistant for Professor Camilo Sánchez and visiting professor H. Timothy Lovelace. Kunchok is a recipient of the Raven Award, a New York Emmy, and the Dalai Lama Foundation and Arnold Porter Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships. She also serves as board president of New York Tibetan Service Center and founded We Speak NYC. After graduation, Kunchok will be joining Sheppard Mullin’s New York office as a first-year associate.
Cat Guerrier serves on the Virginia Law Review editorial board and is a member of the Raven Society. She has also been the professional development chair for the Black Law Students Association, a Peer Advisor and a research assistant for Professor Kimberly J. Robinson. After graduation, she will clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill of the District of Connecticut.
Maria Luevano serves on the Virginia Journal of International Law editorial board and as co-chair of the Student Bar Association Graduation Committee. She is also a research assistant for Professor Naomi Cahn and a writer for the Virginia Law Weekly. Luevano formerly served as the vice president of the Latin American Law Organization, a co-chair of the 2019 Admitted Students Open House and a Peer Advisor.
Wilson Miller is the current social chair and former vice president of Lambda Law Alliance, and a Legal Writing Fellow. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Law & Politics, and as a Peer Advisor. He has worked as a research assistant to Professor Cynthia Nicoletti and as a summer associate for the law firm Haynes and Boone. After graduation, he will return to Haynes and Boone in Dallas.
“These students truly personify the qualities of honor, character and integrity that were so important to Mr. Ritter when he conceived of this award,” said Sarah Davies ’91, assistant dean for student affairs. “Each of them has served to make our community stronger and more cohesive in their own unique way. We are lucky to have them here at UVA Law.”
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.