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DRI Law Diversity Scholarship


Deadline Date: Mar 15th, 2016
Posted Date: Aug 2nd, 2016

Apply for the 2016 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Application Deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, 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. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. See the last page of this application for the DRI Diversity Statement.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded 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

Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals:

A) Dean or an associate dean of the student’s law school

B) A current or past law professor

C) An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood line or adoption.

Additionally, each applicant must include a cover letter with his or her application. In that cover letter each applicant should identify his or her academic, personal, and professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for a DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship award.

Essay Requirements

In addition to submitting the attached application and required recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

“Jury nullification” is generally defined as a circumstance in which members of a jury either disregard evidence and/or the court’s instruction on the law in an effort to reach a verdict based on their own collective conscience. Among other things, it is a direct challenge to the traditional concept that jurors decide the facts, with the court’s role being to interpret and instruct on the law.


In recent remarks at the New York University School of Law, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said “There is a place, I think, for jury nullification—finding the balance in that and the role judges should play.”


Is “jury nullification” acceptable in our system of justice and if so, under what circumstances? As part of your analysis, please discuss the pros and cons of “jury nullification” in both civil and criminal cases, including a discussion of how jury nullification could be identified and accepted by the Court. If you believe jury nullification should be permitted, also please give examples of when it would be so.


Submission Deadline

Applications and all other requested materials must be received by April 15!

Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar scheduled for June 9–10, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.


Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


All applications, essays and required materials must be submitted in hard copy format to

Tim Kolly, Director of Public Policy

DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar

55 West Monroe Street, Suite 2000