The Voice of the Defense Bar has awarded $10,000 scholarships to Jeffery Edward Carr at Cleveland Marshall School of Law and Subeida Peralta at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as part of its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program. The scholarships are open to rising (2016–17) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Mr. Carr is a second-year student at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. At Cleveland-Marshall, Jeffery has made the Dean’s List every semester and is ranked 8th in his class. He is president of the Black Law Student’s Association and initiated a high school mentoring program conducted by BLSA members. He has volunteered with Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinics, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program, and fundraising for a local thanksgiving food donation drive in East Cleveland. He has accepted a summer associate position with Tucker Ellis LLP.
Subeida Peralta attends, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. She is currently president of Northwestern Law School’s Latino Law Students Association, a board member of the Women’s Education Aid Association, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Coalition. In 2005, at the age of twelve, she immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic without knowing English. She quickly became fluent in English and addressed her middle school graduating class in both English and Spanish as its valedictorian. She earned a bachelor of arts in History at Northwestern University where she was a Gates Millennium Scholar and made regular appearances on the Dean’s List. Ms. Peralta worked two years at Sidley Austin in Chicago as a project assistant.
The goal of the DRI scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited
law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each are awarded annually to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrated academic excellence
- Service to the profession
- Service to the community
- Service to the cause of diversity
The scholarship will be awarded at the DRI Diversity Seminar and Luncheon, June 14 and 15 at the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Chicago.