Current Scholarship Recipients

2018 BLSA Banquet where several Murphy Scholars, Past and Present, Were Gathered.

Feza Ajayi, Class of 2018

Looking forward to graduating in May, Ms. Ajayi is currently working as a law clerk for Schlachman, Belsky & Weiner in Baltimore. She graduated in 2009 cum laude from Spelman College and has been an active member of the Maryland Carey Law community, including participation on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and as a member of the Black Law Students Association. As her clinical law requirement, Ms. Ajayi worked in the landlord-tenant clinic, representing low-income tenants in rent escrow and eviction cases in Baltimore City District Court. Upon graduation, Ms. Ajayi will serve as a law clerk to an Administrative Law Judge in the Department of Labor’s Washington, D.C. office. She is incredibly appreciative to the Murphy family for alleviating a significant portion of the financial pressures that would have been experienced throughout her legal education without scholarship support.

Courtney Bennett, Class of 2019

As a member of the Maryland Carey Law evening program, Ms. Bennett continues to work as an Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Army while working towards her J.D. Ms. Bennett is an active member of the law school’s Black Law Student Association, servicing as treasurer and Thurgood Marshall Trial Team Captain for the 2017-2018 academic year. A 2006 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Ms. Bennett is looking forward to graduating in 2019 and moving forward in her legal career. Ms. Bennett is interested in criminal litigation and cybersecurity law and is forever grateful for Mr. Murphy’s contribution to her legal education.

Danielle Newsham, Class of 2019

Ms. Newsham is spending her 2nd year of law school as a legal intern for both The Honorable Kendra Y. Ausby in the Baltimore City Circuit Court and the Office for the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Child Protection Unit. A 2015 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she made dean’s list every semester, Ms. Newsham also holds the position of staff editor for the Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class and research assistant for the Maryland Carey Law Public Service Office. A Maryland native, having grown up in Bethesda, Ms. Newsham chose to attend Maryland Carey Law in large part because of the scholarship she received in addition to the fact that her father is also an alumnus. Her primary interest lies in family law and she is looking forward to her final year of law school.