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Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!


CLOC Scholarship Program


Congratulations to our 2019/2020 CLOC Scholarship Winners!


Scholarship recipients from the 2019/2020 year were invited to attend the 2019 Vegas Institute in May 2019.
View the impressive selection committee and equally impressive winners of the CLOC 2019 Scholarships.

Syed Nayef Andrabi

  • Santa Clara University School of Law

Nayef is a second-year law student at Santa Clara Law and currently work part-time with Oracle's Legal Operations team as an extern. He moved to the Bay area from Toronto, Canada where he built my business acumen by working in IT sales and then as a start-up founder of a web-based service platform. Legal Operations is an exciting and growing field, and Nayef looks forward to learning more from his peers at the CLOC 2019 Vegas Institute.

Jonathan Boyarsky

  • Boston College Law School

Jonathan Boyarsky is a rising 2L at Boston College Law School who recently graduated from Northeastern University where he studied Industrial Engineering. He has always desired to improve the efficiency of whatever endeavor he is a part of. He seeks to merge his interest in technology, software, and engineering with his legal studies. He is fascinated in how to improve the efficiency and profitability of law firms and other legal organizations by applying lean concepts, workflow analysis, and statistical methods.

John Crawshaw Jr

  • University of Florida - Hough Graduate School of Business

John Crawshaw is a Senior Business Systems Analyst with PNC Financial Services. He has been supporting over 140 attorneys in PNC’s legal operations department for a little over two years. His main areas of focus include e-billing, matter management, business process improvement, new technology implementation, and analytics. Prior to entering the legal operations landscape, John held roles in strategy, customer experience, and inventory management.

Jennifer Hamdorf

  • Mount Mercy University

Jennifer Hamdorf is a current MBA student at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. She works as the Contracts & Legal Operations Manager at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a firm that partners with colleges and nonprofit organizations to help them enroll their classes, graduate their students, and engage their donors. As a life-long learner, Jennifer enjoys working in the fast-paced Legal Operations environment because it is constantly evolving–ensuring that she will never be bored! Jennifer lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband Ryan and 2 rescue pups, Goose and Banksy.

Rachel Hileman

  • Duquesne University School of Law

Rachel is an experienced Global Legal Operations Lead with success in managing a team and daily legal operations projects for a highly diversified global pharmaceutical company. Prior to working in Legal Operations, Rachel worked as a Paralegal at a mid-sized firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania specializing in Business Law, Estates and Trusts, and School and Municipal Law. Rachel received her Paralegal Certification from Duquesne University and currently attends Duquesne University School of Law's Evening Program. Rachel hopes to continue managing in-house legal department operations while driving the evolution of legal services through her continued education and involvement with CLOC.

Neil Jackson

  • American University Washington College of Law

Neil Jackson is a Public Policy Analyst in the Law Department at State Farm, a position he has held since April 2014. Prior to that, he worked in the Human Resources Department. At State Farm, Neil volunteers as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of State Farm Federal Credit Union and is a champion of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the legal profession as a member of the Law Department’s D&I Committee. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, and he is currently enrolled in the evening program at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He is originally from north central Wisconsin.

Jacob Kovacs-Goodman

  • Harvard Law School

Jacob is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He formerly taught at a high school, bartended, and worked on Google's Online Legal Operations Team. At Google, he was responsible for issues related to government requests for user data. He studied Classics at Stanford and grew up in California.

Christopher Lange

  • American University Washington College of Law

Christopher Lange is a rising 3L at American University Washington College of Law. Christopher is originally from Texas and California and attended the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. Christopher is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a Bioenvironmental Engineer. Post his military service, Christopher continued a career of public service and worked for members of Congress and the United States Department of State. Christopher is pursuing a law degree to impact marginalized communities who otherwise might not have a seat at the table. Christopher is honored to continue the work and mission of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium in his future legal career.

Angela McFadden

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law

Angela McFadden is a J.D. candidate at Temple University who, as a non-traditional law student, brings with her over 25 years of professional experience in environmental regulation and enforcement. She began her career at the EPA as an inspector after graduating from the University of Washington in 1995 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Her managerial and non-managerial leadership positions have involved not only ensuring delivery of EPA work products but also developing and streamlining business processes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government work. Undaunted by the clunkiest of legacy processes, Angela sees opportunities for using open source code to develop applications for reducing administrative burdens on courts and improving their interactions with the public.

Heather Mitchell

  • Washington University in St. Louis

Heather Mitchell is a contracts analyst for Vail Resorts, specializing in project management, contract management systems, and analytics tools. Heather graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BA in English and is now pursuing a Master of Legal Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. When not endeavoring to organize everything around her, Heather enjoys reading, watching movies, and exploring the many beautiful areas surrounding her Colorado home with her husband and their dog.

About the Scholarship:

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 for the 2019/20 school year. Note: You must be a current student in the 2019/20 academic calendar year to apply. If you graduate in spring 2019, you are not eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend CLOC's annual Institute May 14-16, 2019 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.

Thank you to CLOC's 2019/20 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

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.

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

  • Information about the 2020/21 CLOC Scholarship Program will be announced at the end of 2019 in the CLOC Newsletter. Sign up for our Around the CLOC Newsletter using the "Join our Mailing List" link at the top.

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 .