2019 Public Interest Scholarship Winners
Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition! The four scholarship recipients were selected from a large pool of highly competitive applicants. Ms. JD appreciates the level of passion and personal conviction that was exhibited in the application pool, and we are thrilled to support these students in their pursuit of public interest careers.
Royse G. Bachtel is a rising 2L at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA. This summer Royse will be working as a summer legal intern at the Women’s Law Project, a public interest legal center that is dedicated to protecting the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people in Pennsylvania. Much of their work centers around reproductive rights, preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, and providing counsel to vulnerable populations, such as incarcerated pregnant women or pregnant women seeking treatment for substance use.
Taylor Lauren Frazier is a rising 2L at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in History and a certificate in African American Studies. She also holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Policy from Boston University. Taylor is passionate about translating legal research and analysis into legislative, regulatory, and policy changes that increase health and social equity for children and families. This summer she is working at Children's Defense Fund-New York with the Poverty and Health Policy Division.
Sarah Saifeldin Saad Omer is a rising 2L at the University of San Francisco School of Law. This summer she will be working at the Department of Justice, Civil Divisions Licensing Section as a Law Clerk. Sarah is from Khartoum, Sudan and hopes to use her law degree to advocate for women and children in her home country who live on the margins of our society.
Jarmeika Taylor is a third-year law student at Southern Illinois University School of Law, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2019. She is originally from St. Louis, Mo. She served twelve years in the Army National Guard. She deployed to Iraq in 2008. In 2012, Jarmeika obtained a B.S. from Indiana Institute of Technology. In 2015, she earned a M.S. from Indiana Institute of Technology. This summer Jarmeika is splitting her weeks between Carbondale, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee. In Chattanooga, she volunteers three days a week at Legal Aid of East Tennessee as a Summer Law Clerk. She volunteers at Southern Illinois University School of Law’s Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program two days a week in Carbondale. Jarmeika is extremely passionate about helping veterans navigate the Veterans Administration Claims process as well as helping indigent people navigate the legal system.
The scholarship selection committee and the Ms. JD Board of Directors extends our heartfelt congratulations to each of these remarkable awardees!