Scholarships

Scholarships

The Family Law Section of the State Bar is excited to announce that it will offer up to five Scholarships to Family Law Section members and third-year law students who show a commitment to family law and public interest to attend the 2020 Family Law Institute. This year’s institute will take place at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort from Thursday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16, 2020.

One of the Scholarships, which will focus on professionalism and public service, is named in memory of John Mayoue. One of the Scholarships is named in memory of The Honorable Stephen Goss and will focus on commitment to mental health issues in family law. The remaining scholarships, including one in memory of Kurt Kegel and one in memory of Jill Radwin, will focus on commitment to pro bono and family law work.

Each Scholarship will pay $1,500.00 towards the ICLE registration costs for the seminar and accommodations for three nights at the available room rate.

The goal of offering the Scholarships is to provide funds for lawyers from around the state who otherwise could not afford to attend the Institute and to encourage section members to provide pro bono services. In exchange for receiving the scholarship, the chosen applicants will be required to attend the Family Law Institute and accept one Pro Bono domestic violence and/or divorce case referral from the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) before Dec. 31, 2020. GLSP provides representation to low-income clients in Georgia who cannot afford a lawyer.

The scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and commitment to Pro Bono work. Reimbursement will be made after the Institute upon presentation of proof of expenses. To be eligible to apply, you must be a Family Law Section member in good standing, or a third year law student who shows a commitment to family law and public interest, who has never been the subject of any disciplinary action. To apply, send a brief email to FLI Scholarship Chair Kelley O’Neill-Boswell at kboswell@watsonspence.com [ mailto:kboswell@watsonspence.com ] by no later than April 20, 2020, and provide to her the following information:

– Name, office and email address, and phone number

– Year of admission to the Bar (third year law students provide the date you anticipate taking the Bar)

– Your work history

– List and details of any prior pro bono service

– List and details of involvement in any community service of Bar Association programs or projects

– An explanation of your financial need

– A written statement, less than 200 words, why the scholarship should be awarded to you.

Written notification will be sent to all applicants by April 30, so that each of the recipients will have time to make arrangements to attend the Institute.