Miami – December 4, 2014.  The Leesfield Family Foundation announces it has awarded its annual law school scholarships to Nejla Calvo, a third year law student at the University of Miami School of Law and to Janelle Vega, a second year law student at St. Thomas University School of Law. 

The scholarships were granted in association with the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter  (FAWL) and presented today at its 32nd Annual Judicial Reception and Scholarship Presentations event held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, FL.

Upon graduation, Nejla Calvo hopes to work at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. providing local advocacy, outreach, and education to low-income residents in mobile home parks.

Janelle Vega is a single mother to a five-year-old boy and works as a research assistant for her commercial law and contracts professors.  She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and aspires to become a voice for unrepresented minorities and the homeless.

“The Leesfield Foundation is proud to support FAWL and its commitment to help exemplary female law students like Janelle and Nejla fulfill their ambition to pursue a career in law. We look forward to witnessing their future successes and will continue to seek and support more worthy law students throughout the years to come.” said Ira Leesfield.

FAWL is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession.  Its membership is comprised of lawyers, judges, and professionals within the business community. The Leesfield Foundation is credited as being the first law firm affiliate to fund a FAWL scholarship. This year marks its 18th consecutive year of participation.

The Leesfield Family Foundation supports numerous scholarship funds, including the Harold Foster Memorial Scholarship at Nova Southeastern University and the Dan Pearson Scholarship at the University of Miami School of Law.  Since 1994, the Leesfield Family Foundation has also endowed the Leesfield/American Association for Justice Law Student Scholarship to provide assistance to students who exemplify a high commitment to trial advocacy and public justice.