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Our Fellowship Program

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation provides summer fellowships to first and second year law students who are academically and professionally driven and demonstrate financial need. Students must be enrolled in a Florida law school or a verified Florida resident attending an out-of-state law school. Each summer fellowship will be in the amount of $5,000.

The Fellowship Committee's selection criteria includes evidence of performance indicative of likely future success in the field of law. The Fellowship Committee considers, among other things, academic excellence, financial need, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity, and leadership skills.

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2017 Fellowship Recipients


Stephany Ashton
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Stephany Ashton is a third-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In 2015, she received her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Public Administration from the University of West Florida. During her time in law school, Stephany has served on the executive board for both the Black Law Students Association and the Association for Public Interest Law. Stephany has volunteered within her community at places such as the Boys & Girls Club and PACE Center for Girls. She also completed pro bono work as a volunteer with the Ask-a-Lawyer Project and at the Southern Legal Counsel, where the focus was assisting the low-income and homeless with their legal issues.

This past summer, Stephany completed an externship with the Federal Defender Program, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, where she assisted attorneys representing indigent clients charged with federal offenses. Upon graduating from law school, Stephany hopes to work in the public interest field as a public defender, and one day work with an organization that challenges policies disproportionately impacting low-income and minority families.


Sherry Glover
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Sherry Nicole Glover is a first-generation professional and second year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Florida, in which she studied abroad in London, UK, and was recognized as a J. Wayne Reitz Scholar for her leadership and service to the campus and surrounding community.

This past summer, Sherry served as a Research Assistant and a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Paul C. Huck of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. As a 1L, Sherry advanced and participated in the Trial Team’s 1L Closing Argument Final Four Competition. She continues to serves on the Ask A Lawyer Project – an organization that enables students to represent homeless individuals under the supervision of attorneys. Passionate about service, oral advocacy and constitutional law, Sherry ultimately hopes to join the federal judiciary.


Allyson Paige
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Allyson Paige is a third-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. During Allyson’s time at the University of Florida, she has focused on gaining practical experience as an appellate intern for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, an extern for University of Florida Shands Hospital’s General Counsel, and as a law clerk for a medical malpractice defense firm. In addition, Allyson continues serving local communities and communities abroad as the Community Service Chair for the Black Law Students Association and as a volunteer teacher for the Upendo Pre-and-Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania.

Prior to attending the University of Florida, Allyson attended the University of Miami for her undergraduate education where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. During Allyson’s time at the University of Miami, she discovered her passion for public and community service. Among other things, she served as a tutor and mentor for underserved and at-risk youth with the Kulula Project, and worked with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative to teach students abroad in Humbjimbre, Ghana.

Allyson is currently an intern with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and a volunteer for the Florida Bar Health Law Section’s “Updates” Newsletter as an article writer.


Barbara Perez
Florida A&M College of Law

Barbara Perez, a third year part-time student at Florida A&M College of Law, is a native of Guatemala and mom to a five-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy. During her second year at Florida A&M, Barbara served as the president of the Christian Legal Society Chapter. She is currently a summer legal intern at Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

Prior to enrolling in law school, Barbara attended Trinity International University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Elementary Education. Upon graduation, she worked as a teacher at Agape Christian Academy in Moore Haven, Florida for seven years. Barbara also served as a missionary in Mexico and Dominican Republic, where she had the privilege of working with orphans and low income families. Barbara's career goal is to pursue public interest law and represent vulnerable individuals and communities.


Brittany Thomas
University of Miami School of Law

Brittany Thomas, a rising third year student at the University of Miami School of Law, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology. After graduating, Brittany worked with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, where she advocated against the use of the death penalty. Last summer, Brittany was a HOPE Summer Public Interest Fellow working as an Executive Intern for the Miami-Dade Public Defender, Carlos Martinez. During her second year of law school, she participated in the Environmental Justice Clinic advocating for affordable housing in the City of South Miami. Additionally, she was in Litigation Skills Program and received the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Award.

During the summer of 2017 Brittany will serve as a HOPE Fellow interning for the Legal Aid Society in the Criminal Division, an agency that addresses an array or criminal issues in New York City. Additionally, she will work with the Community Justice Project in Miami as a KMMF Fellow, aiding low-income minority communities with social and political movements.

 

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Fellowship Committee

Marcy Cox, Esq, Committee Chair
Assistant Dean of Career Development
University of Miami School of Law

Corali Lopez-Castro, Esq
Partner
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP

Brian Gart, Esq
Shareholder
Berger Singerman LLP

Cynthia Duval, Esq
Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
NSU Shepard Broad Law Center

Detra Shaw-Wilder
Managing Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP

Nikki Simon, Esq
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

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