Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship
We are pleased to announce that Fátima Casas, an undergraduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship. The law firm awarded Casas a $2,500 scholarship.
The purpose of the Justice Empowerment Scholarship is to encourage young persons to advance the cause of social justice. Scholarship applicants were required to produce and post on YouTube a short video on the topic of justice. Twenty-four students from across the nations submitted videos.
A first year student at UC Berkeley,Casas is studying political theory and ethnic studies in pursuit of a future career in the law. In her powerful video, Casas returns to her hometown of San Bernardino, California, to discuss issues of terrorism and gun violence, police brutality, lack of educational opportunity, full equality for the LGBT community, and the refugee and immigration crisis. “Growing up in my city has opened my eyes to the systematic injustice that suffocates people every day,” Casas stated. “Justice is shining a light on the dark forces of oppression and fighting cultural stereotypes and prejudice that bring us down. The social justice warrior in me aspires to have the courage to change the institutions of power that dehumanize and exploit us.”
Here is Fátima Casas award-winning video:
“Fairness and justice are what motivates the attorneys at the Dolan Law Firm. We see in Fátima Casas a similar passion for fairness and justice and are pleased to award her the Justice Empowerment Scholarship to advance her studies,” stated Chris Dolan. “I thank all the students that produced videos and applied for the scholarship. You are at the forefront of the fight for social justice in America. Your videos will inspire other young persons nationwide to strive for social justice in their communities.”
Concerning the process of creating her video, Casas commented, “The video is a representation of me, my origin, my culture and my hxstory. I love making videos. Videos, images and music bring emotions to life in ways that words alone do not achieve. I really enjoyed being able to take images that were part of my hometown and connect them to whom I was, am, and will become.”
Additional Justice Empowerment Scholarship Submissions
Baily Hall, Northeast Texas Community College
Noemi Sanchez, UCLA
Dorris Li, Wellesley College
Johnna Gadomski, Emory University
O Stremple, Augsburg College
Tiara Conley, USC
Cecily Larison, Duke University School of Law
Kyra Clark, University of Central Florida
Nicholas-Robyn Berube, Pace University
Cierra Roberts, Stevenson University
Valeria Sosa Garnica, Williams University
Justice Empowerment Scholarship Award Requirements
Award: One $2,500 scholarship paid to the winning student.
Deadline: The deadline for 2017 submissions has passed. We will announce next Fall the deadline for the 2018 scholarship.
Criteria: Submissions are evaluated primarily on the persuasiveness of arguments contained in the video. Creativity, images, and innovation incorporated into the video are also taken into account. The scholarship winner is determined solely by the Dolan Law Firm.
Eligibility: Students attending an accredited U.S. college (including community college) or university are eligible for the scholarship. No employees of the Dolan Law Firm, or their spouses and family members, nor any employees, spouses and family members of any vendors of the Dolan Law Firm, are eligible. High school seniors are not eligible.
- Applicants must create a 4 to 6 minute video on the topic of justice.
- In the video, introduce yourself and address the following questions:
What does justice mean to you?
What you think needs to be changed in our society to make it more just?
How you can help bring about this change?
- Videos must be uploaded to YouTube with the title: “2017 Justice Empowerment Scholarship Submission By _______” Insert your name in the blank space.
- In the description of the video on YouTube, briefly summarize your video and include in the description the following statement: The Justice Empowerment Scholarship is provided by the Dolan Law Firm which can be found online at https://dolanlawfirm.com
- Once you have uploaded the video, email the active YouTube link to firstname.lastname@example.org and include in your message the following information:
Your full name, mailing address, and phone number
Attach as evidence that you are attending an accredited U.S. college or university (such as a photo or scanned copy of a current student identification card).
If applicable, identify whom assisted you assisted in the production of the video.
- Any videos filmed, edited or produced by a professional video photographer or video production company are prohibited. You may have the assistance of family and friends as long as they are not professional video photographers, editors or producers.
- Videos that do not follow the submission requirements will not be considered for the award.
Publication of the Award: The award winner agrees that the Dolan Law Firm may use their name, city, and state, and post his/her photo with a link to the video on YouTube, the Dolan Law Firm website, Dolan Law Firm social media pages (e.g. our Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages), and for other public relations and marketing purposes as determined by the Dolan Law Firm.
Privacy Statement: No applicant’s email address or phone number will be sold or released to any third parties.
Non-Discrimination Statement: The Dolan Law Firm is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. All award submissions will be evaluated on the content of the videos and without regard to the applicant’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or any other criteria in violation of the law.