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RaShya Cunningham ('13) Reflects on First Semester at the Law School

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RaShya Cunningham


RaShya Cunningham ('13), a recipient of the Earl Warren Scholarship from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), recently submitted a video diary to LDF describing her first semester at the Law School and her thoughts on her professors and classmates.

She also posted a diary in September 2010, in which she discusses her reasons for choosing the Law School and her early experiences. Both videos, along with the video diaries of other LDF scholarship recipients, are available at http://naacpldf.org/scholarship-recipients-video-diaries.

The Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded to ten law students every year based on their dedication to social justice and their ability to successfully train as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Scholarships are typically for three years but vary in amount depending on the year and recipient.

Cunningham and the other recipients of the scholarship in 2010 were required to be accepted as first-year students at an accredited U.S. law school, demonstrate financial need, and show community and school involvement and good academic standing. They are expected to maintain good academic performance and attend a civil rights symposium in Warrenton, Va., the first week of September 2011.

The scholarship is named after Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and former Governor of California. His stewardship of the Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s assisted in ending U.S. school segregation and transforming the country's legal landscape.

The LDF, the nation's first civil and human rights law firm, began in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. It seeks to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society and has programs in criminal justice, economic justice, education, political participation, and advocacy.