Congratulations to the 2012 Winners of Ms. JD’s Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of Ms. JD's 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships, Michelle Born and Judith A. Pond!

Selected from over fifty applicants nationwide, the recipients demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting women in the law through public service careers. Michelle and Judith will each receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the award-winning essays of Michelle and Judith that answered the question: "What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge?" We'll also be featuring the outstanding essays of other Summer Public Interest Scholarship applicants.

Learn more about our winners below.

Michelle Born is a native of Cincinnati, OH, and attended undergraduate at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO where she received a Bachelor’s of Social Work. After volunteering for two years in Arica, Chile as a family social worker through the Jesuit Volunteers Corps, she pursued a Master's degree in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University. Michelle was awarded an International Development Fellowship with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to support peacebuilding work in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after which she returned to CRS headquarters in Baltimore, MD to develop partnerships of solidarity between communities in North America and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Michelle also worked as a grantwriter for Human Rights Watch and a recruitment and admissions manager for the international volunteer program Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Michelle lives in the Bronx with her daughter and husband, and hopes that her extensive cross-cultural experience will serve her well in a future career as an immigration advocate.

Judith A. Pond is a first-year student at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Pond is a native New Yorker, an avid Scrabble player, and a grammar enthusiast. She is a graduate of Stanford University, and has spent the last several years moving from California to Illinois to Washington DC, working at four different libraries -- and accumulating too many books! -- along the way. After working with Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners in Illinois, her interest in prisoner advocacy has grown to encompass community-based rehabilitation programs for offenders; this summer, she will intern at the Southern Center for Human Rights. When she is not occupied at school, Ms. Pond enjoys cooking, board games, writing fiction, and learning to knit by watching YouTube videos.

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