Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship: DEADLINE July 1, 2016 – Rising 2L’s and 3L’s

The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an internship opportunity for rising second and third year law students of under-represented minority

backgrounds (e.g. race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, or socioeconomic background), who have an interest in practicing law in

Sarasota County upon graduation, to obtain summer placement in private law firms and governmental agencies in Sarasota County. The Scholarship Application is open to those

aforementioned law students enrolled in Florida law schools and those enrolled in out-of-state law schools, but who have or having had family, school, or community ties to Sarasota County;

are interested in practicing law in Sarasota County.

The Diversity Scholarship aims to foster an employment and collegial relationship between the law student/s and the legal employer/s and consequently enhance the diversity of the Sarasota

legal community. At the conclusion of the student’s summer employment, the law school where the student matriculates will receive scholarship funds of up to $5,000.00 per student, to be used

by the student for his/her law degree. The Diversity Intern also earns wages from the Employer.

The Diversity Scholarship Internship Employers change from year to year, however past scholarship employers who have supported this program include:

 Bentley and Bruning, P.A.

 Finebloom & Haenel, P.A.

 Icard Merrill

 Law Office of Stephanie L. Murphy

 Legal Aid of Manasota

 Luhrsen Law Group

 Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

 McIntyre Panzarella Thanasides,Bringgold & Todd, P.A.

 Office of the State Attorney for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

 Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh

 Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A.

 Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Court Administration

The SCBA Diversity Committee assigns an attorney mentor to each Diversity Scholarship Intern. Along with the Internship Employer, the SCBA mentor coordinates the activities promoting the

Diversity Scholarship Intern’s professional development during the internship period. The Diversity Scholarship Intern and the Diversity Scholarship Internship Employer will be

welcomed and recognized, respectively, at a reception by the SCBA and representatives from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Information regarding housing alternatives may be obtained from the SCBA Diversity Committee.

More information and the application can be found at Symplicity Posting No. 7282.  If you have any questions, or need help accessing the application materials, please contact Kam Clark, Assistant Director of Career Development at