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Hilary S. Taylor Law Student Inclusion & Equity Scholarships


The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) Law Student Inclusion & Equity scholarship program is open to the following incoming second and third-year law students who are enrolled in an Ohio law school or are a permanent Ohio resident: 1) Minority law students; 2) LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) law students, regardless of race or ethnicity; 3) Female law students, regardless of race or ethnicity; or, 4) Law students from economically impoverished families/backgrounds, regardless of race or ethnicity. Note: Previous selection for an OACTA Law Student Scholarship does not disqualify an applicant from subsequent selection.

Up to two (2) scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded to successful applicants. Applicants are required to submit an application, law school transcript and a cover letter addressing the following: academic, personal and professional accomplishments, and why they should be selected as a recipient of the scholarship. Applicants must also submit at least one letter of recommendation but may submit a total of three.  Applications must be submitted online with a cover letter.  Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be mailed to the OACTA office.

The completed application and all other requested material must be received by May 14th, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in June and recognized at the OACTA Annual Meeting in November. Funding is provided by the OACTA Foundation.



               Almost every morning my mother reads Hoda Kotb’s current book I Really Needed this Today. I wish I had more time to do so as well, but I appreciate the aphorisms Mom occasionally sends my way. This one from August 31 fits what we Women Lawyers of Franklin County not only strive for but live: “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”

               As your president for 2020-2021, I am honored to serve our organization this year. Oh, we face challenges and challengers as we strive to uphold the law we love, the law that must be upheld even though uncertain times and questionable challengers seek to bend or break rules that keep our nation a democracy.

               An anecdote about my father, then still in law school, comes to mind. Close to tears, shaking his head in dismay, he uttered about the 1968 courtroom protests of the Chicago 7, “Where are we? What are we doing?” And yet, the law survived; our country absorbed challenges; our nation rebounded, grew stronger. We learned; we recognized other views.

               Now, as president of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, I intend to carry out the promise I made in my letter of appreciation to you midsummer. Recognizing challenges and challengers, I intend to carry on, support, to expand our commitment to each other and to justice. Together we support each other; together we overcome supposed obstacles. We look “a challenge in the eye and give it a wink.” In fact, we are professionally stronger because of it.

Gina M. Piacentino

President of WLFC

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