Leesfield/AAJ Scholarships

LFF’s Commitment to the American Association for Justice

Awarding Scholarships since 1994 – Representing Law Schools Nationwide.

The Leesfield/AAJ Law Student Scholarship Program created in partnership with the American Association for Justice, and funded in perpetuity, awarded its 29th and 30th scholarship at AAJ’s Annual Convention in Denver, CO (July 2019).

With the combined support of the Leesfield Family Foundation and Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., the Leesfield/AAJ Law Student Scholarship Program has been awarded every year since 1994 to deserving law students from around the country who exemplify a high commitment to trial advocacy and the preservation of the civil justice system. This financial assistance provides law student members with exceptional learning opportunities and participation in workshops and events during the annual conventions. Encouraging law student commitment and support of the AAJ mission, recipients from around the country have continued as AAJ’s leaders.

For more information on the Leesfield/AAJ Law Student Scholarship Program, contact Carmen Marrero or Catherine Rodman.

Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)

Florida Association of Women Lawyers (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. In 1997, LFF established the FAWL scholarship fund for the purpose of providing financial support to a law student to defray tuition and related educational expenses. LFF is recognized as the first charitable foundation to fund a scholarship for FAWL.

Visit MDFAWL.org for additional information.

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • 2019 – LFF is major sponsor for the establishment of the MDFAWL Foundation Sookie Williams Scholarship
  • 2015 – Jessica Satinoff, Florida International University School of Law
  • 2014 – Nejla Calvo, University of Miami School of Law
  • 2014 – Janelle Vega, St. Thomas University of School of Law
  • 2013 – Yineth Sanchez, Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
  • 2013 – Antoinette S. Pollard, Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
  • 2012 – Kaysia Earley, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2011 – Kayla Pragid, University of Miami School of Law
  • 2010 – Geannina Burgos-Munizaga, Florida International University School of Law
  • 2009 – Nicole Blanton
  • 2008 – Doris M. Torres, Florida International University School of Law
  • 2007 – Jennifer Kessler
  • 2006 – Christina Anderson
  • 2005 – Deborah Zeringue, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2003 – Christine Palin
  • 2001 – Tonya Ruff Walker, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2001 – Michaelle Paulson, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • 2000 – Dietrich Renee Jenkins, University of Miami School of Law
  • 1999 – Katie Phang, University of Miami School of Law

Scholarship Program

“I put a heavy emphasis on scholarships…because that’s what helped me the most.”
– Ira Leesfield

The Leesfield Family Foundation has awarded over 25 scholarships to law students, athletes and underprivileged students with financial need. The scholarships are directed towards minority students and those with special needs, such as working single parents struggling for an education. In addition to the AAJ/Leesfield Law Student Scholarship endowed in 1994, and the Leesfield/Florida Association of Women Lawyers Scholarship established in 1997, other scholarships include:

  • Harold Foster Memorial Scholarship, Shepard Broad Law Center,
    Nova Southeastern University
  • Nard S. Helman Scholarship Fund, Temple Beth Sholom
  • Thomas H. Henderson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship, University of Alabama
  • Daniel S. Pearson Scholarship, University of Miami School of Law
  • Eileen G. Breier Scholarship Fund, University of Miami School of Law
  • Florence Griffith Joyner “Flo Jo” Scholarship Fund