FAMU Law Student Receives 2020 Richard R. Garland
ORLANDO, Fla – Thanks to a great scholarship opportunity, third-year student at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law Lucinda Louis spent the summer gaining valuable legal experience.
The Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion awarded Louis with the 2020 Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship. It’s an opportunity that included $5,000 and a legal internship. Louis interned in the legal department of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. It was a rewarding experience that Louis enjoyed.
“Never in one million years did I think an opportunity to intern for the in-house legal counsel at Sarasota Memorial Hospital would happen,” said Louis. “While I was interning there, I learned a lot about myself and information that was crucial to my development as an attorney. In the end, I just hope I made my community proud.”
The Council for Diversity and Inclusion’s work is to bolster the diversity of the local bar and welcome inclusion of qualified law students of underrepresented minorities who have expressed an interest to practice locally upon graduation. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship to their law schools, a 10-week summer employment program is afforded the law student.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internship opportunities at law firms were scarce. Arrangements were made for Louis to intern at the hospital instead.
The Sarasota native is the immediate past president of the Black Law Student Association at FAMU Law and is also a student ambassador.
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