A major role of the Association is awarding one or more scholarships to second year law students each year. The winners must demonstrate aptitude, achievement, public service, financial need, and commitment to the study of law and the legal profession. The students are chosen from law schools on a rotation of geographical areas around the United States.
Scholarship Recipients Honored at the ACA Scholarship Award Dinner on August 8, 2021:
Recipient of the 2020 Cohn Dorsett Scholarship
Laura applied to law school and already had a Ph.D. and was a professor at Trinity College, Dublin, specializing in Conflict Studies. At Case Western, she was Captain of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, leading the team to third place out of 400 teams in the international rounds this year. More remarkably, as a first-year law student, she became the Executive Director of the Yemen Accountability Project, in which she managed a team of 75 students each year to investigate atrocities in Yemen’s civil war and draft war crime indictments. Upon her retirement from the Executive Director role in 2021, she personally completed over 850 pro bono hours over three years, and authored two white papers for the project. She supervised another team of 12 students to prepare a bench memo for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition. She also authored multiple articles for the school’s Journal of International Law on starvation crimes in Yemen and supervised the Associate Editors’ notes as the Executive Notes Editor. During quarantine, she authored a paper entitled “The Nazi Hunger Plan and Starvation Crimes in International Law.” By providing this insight into the Nazi’s starvation plan, she is pushing forward with the need to adopt rules concerning starvation as a war crime. In the Fall of 2020, she authored a paper entitled “Malum in Se: Starvation Crimes in International Law,” which won the Inamori Center Thesis Prize in Military Ethics and will be published in the Journal of Military Ethics. She is also co-author of a forthcoming article, “Bridging the Divide Between the ICC and UN Security Council,” in Georgetown Journal of International Law. Laura also completed externships at the International Criminal Court and the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. This October, Laura will begin her legal career at the FBI in Washington, D.C., as one of the Attorney General’s Honors Attorneys.
Recipient of the 2021 Jacobsen Scholarship
Alex Hahn is a 3L at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UW in 2009 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2011 through Teach For America. He taught history for four years and was the social studies and eleventh grade chairperson. Then, he transitioned to a school operations and administration role. He also served as an advisor to a group of 35 males from their ninth to twelfth grade years. Watching his advisees pursue their dreams encouraged Alex to attend law school, a goal of his since a young age. Before transferring to UW in August 2020, Alex attended Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta for his 1L year. While at GSU, Alex served as the 1L representative for the Pro Bono Program. At UW, Alex competes in Moot Court and Mock Trial, is a representative for the Student Bar Association, and is a member of the Black Law Student Association. After graduation, Alex plans to work as a public defender. He is currently enrolled in the Public Defender Project and interned last summer at the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Georgia. This summer, he interned at New York County Defender Services in Manhattan. In his spare time, Alex plays tennis, takes his puppy to the dog park, and spends time with his family, including his four-month-old niece and nephew.
Recipient of the 2021 Cohn Dorsett Scholarship
A distinguished top student in her class achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.668 and an overall class rank of 6/82. She was elected by the student body to serve as IL representative for the Student Bar Association. At the end of her IL year, Katherine received an honor infrequently bestowed upon rising 2L students at UND Law when she was elected to serve as President of the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year, and was re-elected for the 2021-2022 year. She is an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, where she represented her school at the national Mock Trial Competition and further developed her trial skills on the UND Advanced Trial Team where she led her team to the semi-final round of the Texas Young Lawyers Association regional competition. Katherine currently serves as the Managing Editor of the North Dakota Law Review. Katherine maintained such a high level of academic achievement while balancing her significant involvement and service obligations which speaks directly to her aptitude, work ethic, and desire to succeed.
The scholarships, all of which the Association attempts to maintain in the amount of at least $5,000, are presented to the winners at the Annual Meeting in August.
Below are the recipients from prior years.
|Scholarship Winner||Name of School||Scholarship Type||Year||More Info|
|Katherine Wong||University of North Dakota||Cohn/Dorsett||2021|
|Alex Hahn||University of Wisconsin||Jacobsen||2021|
|Laura Graham||Case Western Reserve||Cohn/Dorsett||2020||Statement from Laura Graham|
|Jenna Raden||Tulane University||Stanley Cohn/James Dorsett Award||2019|
|Emma Kurs||Northwestern Pritzker School of Law||Lowell Jacobson Award||2019|
|Lauren Cole||Liberty University School of Law||Stanley Cohn/James Dorsett Award||2018|
|Rachel Scoggins||Indiana University Maurer School of Law||Lowell Jacobson Award||2018|
|Erin Varley O'Connor||Penn State Dickinson Law School||Stanley Cohn/James Dorsett Award||2017|
|Nolan Downey||DePaul University||Lowell Jacobson Award||2017|
|Natalie Hoch||Valparaiso University Law School||Lowell Jacobson Scholarship||2016|
|John Cusick||New York University||George Kerr and Stanley Cohn/James Dorsett Scholarship||2016|
|Erin K. Rozewicz||State University of New York Buffalo Law School||George Kerr and Stanley Cohn/James Dorsett Scholarship||2016|
|Anna Chestnutt||Law at the University of Manchester||McDermott International Scholarship||2016||Anna Chestnut Article|
|Edwing Bustamante||Howard University School of Law||2015|
|Christina Black||George Kerr Memorial Scholarship||2013|
|Sahar Naseery||Dorsett—Cohn Commemorative Scholarship||2013|
|Joseph Tomlinson||University of Manchester||Dorsett—Cohn Commemorative Scholarship||2013|