University of Chicago Law School student Liz Austin, ’12, was recently honored for her academic excellence and leadership with a scholarship from the Women’s Bar Foundation.
The Women’s Bar Foundation awards scholarships annually to women currently enrolled as third-year students at an accredited Illinois law school. This year, the foundation awarded nine $10,000 scholarships. In addition, the foundation has recently provided a $15,000 stipend to new lawyers pursuing a career in public service. Directors of the Women’s Bar Foundation select the scholarship recipients based on nominations provided by the law school deans (two nominations from each school) and an in-person interview process with the candidates.
Austin is Executive Articles and Book Review Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and has been an active member of the Law Women’s Caucus Board, which expanded programming last school year to match more first-year women with more senior student mentors. She is also involved with the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project.
“With her intellectual firepower, work ethic, maturity, and leadership, I have absolutely no doubt that Liz Austin is going to be a great and active member of the Chicago Bar after her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School next year,” wrote Dean of Students Amy M. Gardner, ’02, in her nomination of Austin.
Last year, the Women’s Bar Foundation awarded scholarships to Chicago Law School students Shareese Pryor, ’11, and Brittany Gordon, ’11.