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2021 Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest Recipient: Michelle Fleurantin

Michelle is a rising 2L at New York University Law School interested in environmental justice and democracy work. She attended Cornell University where she majored in American Studies and Sociology, and minored in Inequality Studies and Law and Society. After graduation, Michelle worked as a commercial litigation paralegal for three years. This upcoming year, Michelle will be involved in her school’s parole advocacy program, a staff editor on the Environmental Law Journal, and a member of BALSA and the Environmental Law Society.


2021 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Mahek Shah

Mahek Shah is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She spent her first year distance learning from home and is excited to be on campus in the fall as a Resident Assistant. Mahek is on the board of the Pre-Medical Peer Association and has been interning in the product development unit of a local biotechnology company for the past eight months. In the future, she hopes to go to medical school after graduation with the end goal of becoming a radiologist.


2021 Law School Scholarship Contest Recipient: Danice Serna

Danice Serna is a rising 2E student at UNT Dallas College of Law. As a first-generation college student, Danice graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology. She currently works full-time and is on the Teen Court Advisory Board for the City of Arlington. Prior to attending law school, Danice was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children. During her first year in law school, she achieved Dean’s List honors and was elected as the 1L/1E student representative for the Immigration and Public Interest Law Student Association. After graduating, Danice plans to pursue a career in public interest or transactional law.


2020 Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest Recipient: Stephanie Perez

I am a rising 1L at Harvard Law School from Miami, FL. I am a proud daughter of two Cuban immigrants. For my undergrad, I attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and minors in Sociology, Political Science, and Business Law. I graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. During undergrad, I was highly involved in my school’s event programming board, volunteered at juvenile detention centers in Miami, did research on access to justice for victims of domestic violence, and mentored incoming commuter students at my school, among other things. I plan on being highly involved in my law school community and am interested in pursuing a career in criminal law, civil rights law, or some other kind of public interest law.


2020 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Lani Alfano

Lani Alfano is from Lake in the Hills, Illinois, and graduated from Huntley High School in May 2019. She is currently a sophomore at Marquette University and plans on graduating with a marketing degree. On campus she is involved with her sorority and the CHAARG chapter at the university. 


2020 Law School Scholarship Contest Recipient: Alexxa Leon

Alexxa Leon is a rising 2L at the University of Houston Law Center from South Texas.  She attended Bowdoin College in Maine where she majored in Africana Studies and minored in Teaching.   

After graduation, Alexxa returned to South Texas where she worked as a third-grade teacher.  

This upcoming year, Alexxa will serve as the Programming & Academic Chair of the Hispanic Law Student Association, and as a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure.  She is also a proud member of the Houston Law Review.


2019 Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest Recipient: Zoraima Pelaez

Zoraima Pelaez is the proud child of Mexican and Colombian immigrants and first generation college graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a BA in Humanities and a concentration in public policy, communication, and women’s and gender studies.

As an undergraduate, she was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her commitment to public service in the realm of reproductive rights.

Zoraima has worked on statewide electoral campaigns, for the ACLU’s National Prison Project and, most recently, for the Texas Freedom Network, where she managed community advocacy and grassroots lobbying efforts at the Texas Legislature and State Board of Education.

Zoraima will begin law school this fall at The University of Texas School of Law, where she plans to pursue a career in civil rights law.

Zoraima Pelaez
J.D. Candidate Class of 2022
The University of Texas School of Law


2019 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Nathan Waldron

We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2019 First Step Scholarship, Nathan Waldron.

Nathan Waldron is a home school graduate from San Angelo, Texas.

He was actively involved in 4-H and Boy Scouts and completed his Eagle Scout rank in 2018.

Nathan is attending Texas A&M University in the fall of 2019 and majoring in electrical engineering.


2019 Law School Scholarship Contest Recipient: Roke Iko

We’re happy to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship, Roke Iko.

Roke Iko is a rising 2L at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. She is originally from Houston, Texas and attended Washington University in St. Louis where she studied anthropology and writing.  

After graduation, Roke moved to Washington, DC where she worked in the health policy and research sphere for a few years before attending law school at Georgetown Law. 

As a student at Georgetown, she is active in the Black Law Students Association, Women of Color Collective, and RISE.

This upcoming year, Roke will be on the editorial board of the Georgetown Journal for International Law, serve as an Academic Teaching Fellow in RISE, serve as a research assistant, and complete an internship at the U.S. Department of State.


2018 Law School Scholarship Contest Recipient: Marcus Martinez

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship, Marcus Martinez.

Marcus is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Texas Law School where serves as Editor in Chief at the Texas Hispanic Journal and Alumni Chair of the Chicano Hispanic Law Student Association.

Marcus is a deserving recipient of this award and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes as he moves forward with his legal career


2018 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Maya Thomas

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2018 First Step Scholarship, Maya Thomas.

Maya is a 2017 graduate of Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. She was recently accepted at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico. She’ll be starting her undergraduate education there in the Fall of 2018.

Maya is a deserving recipient of this award and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she moves forward with her college education.


2017 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Kaitlyn McKinney

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2017 Sutliff & Stout First Step Scholarship Contest, Kaitlyn McKinney.

Kaitlyn is a student athlete at Sierra College in Rocklin California. She’s involved in a variety of activities and organizations on campus including being a standout for the Sierra College Wolverines Women’s Basketball Team. Kaitlyn has also worked as a community service officer for the Roseville Police Department.

Kaitlyn is a deserving recipient of this scholarship award and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she moves forward with her college education.


2016 First Step Scholarship Contest Recipient: Ana Villagran

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We’re happy to announce the recipient of the 2016 s+s Scholarship, Ana Villagran.

Ana is a sophomore at Baylor University studying International development and community health. She’s involved in several organizations on campus, including END7, an international organization that seeks to eradicate neglected tropical diseases by the year 2020.

Ana is a deserving recipient of this award and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she moves forward with her college education.

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