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News Posted on February 7, 2011

Scholarships, Excellence, and Impact: Shea Brack ’11

Shea Brack '11

As a top student in her class, Shea Brack '11 was proud to be named as a recipient of the UC Davis School of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship.  Now, she's eager to use the opportunities afforded to her by the scholarship to make an even greater impact at King Hall and in the community.

Private support enables the Law School to support more than two dozen student scholarships, including the merit-based Academic Excellence Scholarship, which rewards outstanding classroom performance and helps the Law School to recruit and retain outstanding students.

"In receiving a scholarship like that, you feel valued.  You feel that the Law School is supporting you, and offering an even richer experience of legal education," said Brack.  "It also made me want to give back to the Law School, to do everything I can to help enrich the experience for others."

Brack qualified for the Academic Excellence Scholarship by placing in the top 10 percent of her class, but her commitment to the Law School extends well beyond excellence in the classroom.  Among her many activities, Brack has served as a copy editor for the Journal of Juvenile Law and senior articles editor for Environs Journal, and participated in interschool appellate moot court competitions and the intraschool mock trial tournament.  She has also represented victims of domestic violence as part of her work with the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic and is currently working with the Civil Rights Clinic to represent a prisoner with an excessive force claim. 

Receiving the scholarship, which was granted at the end of her first year and carries a $10,000 award for her second and third years, provided both recognition for her achievements and welcome relief from some of the financial burden of legal education. 

"It really made a difference," she said. "The financial award is very significant.  Law school is so incredibly expensive these days, and having this assistance will definitely make a difference when I sit down to look at my debts and decide what I can do with my degree."

Brack is clerking for the Utah State Court of Appeals for a year after graduation, and feels sure that her career will always include some element of public service.  "I remember during Intro Week, Professor Johns told us, ‘You're entering a profession where you act as gatekeepers, and you have an obligation to serve those who need entrance through those gates, no matter who they are,'" said Brack.  "I really believe that.  Whatever field of law you practice, you have an obligation to help people."

Your support for student scholarships plays a crucial role in enabling the Law School to attract and retain outstanding students like Brack and providing the kind of law school experience they need to become socially responsible lawyers dedicated to the highest standards of professional excellence.  Please consider a gift to support student scholarships at King Hall today!

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