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2020 Scholarship Applications are now closed!

CLOC Scholarship Program
2020 Winners

Genevieve Antono

Genevieve Antono

Harvard Law School

Bio Pending

Joe Crank

Joe Crank

University of Colorado Law School

Joel Crank is a rising second-year law student at the University of Colorado Law school. He recently graduated from Colorado State University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Finance. Joel has helped run his family real estate business and worked on a two-person team that created a small business consulting firm. He is particularly interested in the efficiency of corporate legal departments and small businesses’ accessibility to legal counsel. In his free time, Joel enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and playing hockey.

Rachel Anne Garcia

Rachel Anne Garcia

Northeastern University School of Law

Rachel Garcia is a 2L at Northeastern University School of Law. She is also a member of the Northeastern Law Review. Prior to law school Rachel graduated from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland with a specialization in sustainability and innovation. Her goal is to work in a legal operations position after she graduates in 2021 so that she can bring her past experience and her current legal knowledge together into one career.

Robin Goldberg

Robin Goldberg

University of California, Davis

Robin Goldberg is an eDiscovery Analyst at Apple where she manages discovery for all active litigation matters. Prior to joining Apple, Robin worked as an IP litigation paralegal for 11 years for big law firms in Palo Alto. She’s a current MBA student at the University of California, Davis, where she seeks to merge her background in legal technology with her business studies. Robin graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She currently serves as Silicon Valley’s Women in eDiscovery Chapter Director.

Alexis Henley

Alexis Henley

Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College

Alexis Henley is a current EMBA Student at Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She currently works with a top-tier M&A team at AssuredPartners, Inc. as a Senior Corporate Paralegal and has managed the closings of over 150 transactions with an aggregate purchase price of $1B in just over six years. She is excited about joining the CLOC community and bringing her work experience and education together to forge a new path in Legal Operations.

QD Jalla

QD Jallah

George Washington University

QD is in the second year of a JD/MBA program and hails from Georgia. After a military career in combat arms, QD began work in the non-profit sector by helping Servicemembers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress find medical treatment. Concurrent to a career in corporate law, QD aspires to found a company that provides instruction in financial literacy for young adults.

Phenix Kline

Phenix Kline

Brigham Young University, J. Ruben Clark Law School

Phenix Kline has a passion for process improvement, whether it be automating a legal request-for-proposals, or finding a faster way to fold her laundry. She recently completed an internship with Shell Oil Company's Central Legal Operations team and plans on continuing working in legal operations post-graduation. Prior to law school, Phenix studied business management and worked in the tech industry as an organizational development consultant. She is a firm believer in data-driven decision-making and Kotter's 8-step change management model.

Cheron Mims

Cheron Mims

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Cheron Z. Mims is a 1L law student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law pursuing a Juris Doctor degree with a Business Enterprise Concentration. She works as a Research Assistant supporting the Law and Technology Initiative (LTI) at her institution. Having worked as a Litigation Support Technician prior to law school, she is passionate about human-centered innovation surrounding the role of attorneys and the development of objective metrics for attorney work products. Cheron is also a member of the Bartlit Center National Trial Team.

Katy Murson

Katy Murson

California University of Pennsylvania

Katy is a Senior Project Specialist on the Global Legal Operations team at a global pharmaceutical company. Before beginning her career in legal operations Katy worked as a Paralegal at a law firm that specialized in Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability. She has received her bachelor's degree in jurisprudence with a concentration in legal studies and is currently enrolled in the M.S. Law and Public Policy program at the California University of Pennsylvania.

Yuanyuan Zhang

Yuanyuan Zhang

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Yuanyuan Zhang, a 1L law school student in the University of Oklahoma Law School. Before she was admitted to law school in the U.S., she already practiced law in China as an associate in Dentons law firm and as an in-house manager in Beijing Jiuyo Capital Management Company, after I graduated from Renmin University of China Law School with the LLB degree and Beijing Normal University with the LLM degree, focused on Criminal Justice. It is a challenge to study American Law with her second language, but she enjoys meeting people with different backgrounds and learning different languages.

CLOC Scholarship Program Details

This scholarship is for graduate degree (J.D., MBA, and other) students who have a business/metrics driven focus as it relates to the practice of law or have demonstrated an interest in Legal Operations. Candidates interested in the business of managing in-house legal department operations and driving the evolution of legal service delivery models are encouraged to apply.

CLOC will award up to 10 scholarships for $6,000 in 2020. Note: You must be a current student in the 2020/21 academic calendar year to apply. If you graduate in spring 2020, you are not eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend CLOC's annual Institute May 12-14, 2020 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. All travel and hotel costs will be covered by CLOC and recipients who attend the Institute will be required to write two blog posts about their experience. All scholarship winners will also receive a one year membership to CLOC. Finally, each scholarship recipient will be paired with the CLOC regional leader closest to their current school for career guidance and mentorship.

Guidelines

  • The scholarship grant may only be used for educational expenses such as tuition, course materials, books, etc.
  • An applicant can only receive the scholarship one time.
  • An applicant may reapply for the scholarship if they have not previously been awarded the scholarship.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a current or entering student at an accredited graduate university in the United States and
  2. Be interested in pursuing a career in Legal Operations or business/metrics driven focus in the field of law.

Please note: As a U.S. based non-profit and because scholarships are awarded directly to the institution (not the scholarship recipient personally), CLOC is only able to provide scholarships to students attending school in the U.S. at this time. CLOC values the contributions of students across the world and other opportunities to participate with CLOC are open to regional students for the London or Sydney Institutes, as well as regional meetings.

Application Process

Your application must include:

  • Your University Financial Aid Office contact information (email and phone number)
  • Your personal financial need information
  • The following attachments:
    • An essay about yourself and your interest in a career in Legal Operations
    • An up-to-date resume
    • A copy of your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcript

Scholarship Deadlines

  • The 2020 Scholarship application window is open November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. All interested applicants must apply by January 31, 2020.

Judging Criteria:

The scholarship will be awarded to the most promising applicants whose essays best show a genuine interest in a Legal Operations career and the evolution of legal service delivery models. The Committee will also consider prior work experience in Legal Operations or related fields.

If you have any questions, contact info@cloc.org .

Thank you to CLOC's 2020/21 Scholarship Committee


Mimi Bowen

Legal Operations Director, Sun Life Financial

CLOC Toronto Regional Lead

Laura Dieudonné

General Manager of Legal Operations, Delta Air Lines

CLOC Atlanta Regional Lead

Kristi Gedid

Senior Director of Global Legal Operations, Mylan

CLOC Pittsburg Regional Lead

Daniel Yi

Senior Counsel for Innovation, United States Department of Justice

CLOC Washington D.C. Regional Lead

See the 2019 Winners!

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