Past Scholarship Recipients

Charles D. Austin Class of 2012

Law Clerk, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

“There is so much value in empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to shape their futures.” So goes the ethos of former scholarship winner, Mr. Austin, who spent much of his time throughout law school working to change the lives of those around him.

As the former Vice President for the local chapter of the Black Law Students Association, Mr. Austin organized clothing drives and tutored students. He was also given the opportunity to work with the acclaimed NAACP Legal Defense Fund during a summer associate position, assisting in the preparation of a housing discrimination case that was to be argued before the Supreme Court. It is experiences such as these that have allowed Mr. Austin to see the direct impact of his efforts.

In August 2013, Mr. Austin will begin clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Michele Bradley, Class of 2010

Michele is currently working for VICE Media as its first internal Global Employment Counsel, working in close partnership with the new Global Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining VICE in January, 2018, Michele worked as Labor & Employment Counsel for Blue Apron and Assistant General Counsel, Labor and Employment Law for Williams-Sonoma. She also served as Counsel, Global Labor & Employment Law for McDonald’s Corporation and as an Associate with Jones Day. Michele is a 2007 graduate of Spelman College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Vanessa Destime, Class of 2017

A recent graduate of Maryland Carey Law, Vanessa is currently serving as a Judicial Clerk for The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. As a student Vanessa was involved in many organizations, including the Thurgood Marshall National Trial Team, Black Law Students Association and the Suspension Representation Project. She also worked as a Judicial Intern for The Honorable W. Michel Pierson of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Ephraim Froehlich, Class of 2014

Ephraim is a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski. A 2014 graduate of Maryland Carey Law, he spent one semester working as a legal intern for Legal Aid South Africa in the Cape Town area, and served as a Legal Intern for the U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, for a summer. Ephraim graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and Government.

Kate Edwards Matthews, Class of 2015

A part-time student while attending law school, Kate has worked for the City of Baltimore as a Comprehensive Planner, Western District since 2005. She previously worked for the State of Georgia, Department of Community Affairs and Office of Planning and Quality Growth as an Associate Planner. Kate is a 1998 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology, and a 2003 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a Masters of City and Regional Planning, Land Development.

Brandon Porter, Class of 2011

Brandon has worked as an attorney for the Department of the Interior, through Ardelle Associates, since 2013. A 2006 graduate of The George Washington University, Brandon worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Drug Policy and Public Health Law Strategies Clinic while in law school and as a Student Attorney for the Child Health and Wellbeing Advocacy Clinic.

Elly Rodriguez, Class of 2017

Elly is a 2014 graduate of Arizona State University and serves in the United States Navy Reserve as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. While in law school Elly worked as an extern with the United States Agriculture Department.

Cori Shepherd, Class of 2008

Cori works for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as Senior Counsel, Division of Enforcement. She previously worked as an Associate for McGuire Woods in Baltimore, Maryland. Cori was an active member of the Maryland Carey Law community, serving as Executive Editor of the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, a Teaching Fellow in the Legal Writing Center, and a member of the Black Law Students Association. She is a 2000 graduate of UCLA.