Scholarship Winners Announced
The Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) Foundation announces the recipients of its annual scholarships. This year’s winners include the recipient of the inaugural Shirley S. Abrahamson Scholarship, presented in honor of Wisconsin’s first female Supreme Court justice and her lengthy career on the court. The scholarship awards are presented as follows:
Shirley S. Abrahamson Scholarship
- Seynabou Youm (University of Wisconsin Law School)
AWL Foundation Scholarships
Virginia A. Pomeroy Scholarships
- Kelly Ryan (Marquette University Law School)
- Mckenna Kohlenberg (University of Wisconsin Law School)
Now-retired Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson was the keynote speaker at the first AWL Women Judges’ Night in 1981, and she returned to speak at the popular legal event several times. Through the Shirley S. Abrahamson Scholarship, the AWL Foundation thanks her for her service to the state and her consistent support of AWL. Based on Justice Abrahamson’s input, criteria for the scholarship include demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity, commitment to issues affecting women or children, and commitment to public service.
AWL and the AWL Foundation have awarded scholarships annually since 1997 to women attending Wisconsin’s law schools. Criteria for the AWL Foundation Scholarships include service to others, academic achievement, and unique life experience or circumstances. The Virginia A. Pomeroy Scholarship, honoring former AWL President and Deputy State Public Defender Virginia Pomeroy, requires additional legal service to the vulnerable or disadvantaged or in the areas of civil rights, appellate practice, public service, public policy, or public interest law.
AWL is a 460-member specialty bar association based in Milwaukee with the purpose of promoting the welfare, interests and professional development of lawyers who are women; promoting the legal interests of women generally; maintaining the honor and integrity of the legal profession; and advancing justice for all individuals. Membership is open to licensed attorneys and students currently enrolled in accredited law schools.