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July 2012 Bar Bulletin

UW School of Law Announces 2012 Gates Scholars


The UW School of Law is proud to announce the most recent recipients of the Gates PSL Schol­ar­­ship: Victoria Clark, Lauren Conner, Megan Crenshaw, Jessica Knowles and Nikkita Oliver.

The Gates PSL Scholarship, founded in 2005 by a gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in honor of 1950 law school alumnus and public service advocate William H. Gates, provides a full-ride scholarship each year to five students in exchange for five years of public service law practice.

Meet the 2012 Gates Scholars:

Victoria Clark

For Victoria Clark, public service is not a choice. It's a responsibility. At a young age, Clark was faced with adversities that would easily crush the spirit of some. With a family history of incarceration and drug addiction, Clark has had personal experience with injustices within the U.S. legal system.

She said she believes the prison-industrial complex has led to mass incarceration and injustices throughout the legal system, such as police brutality and barriers to ex-prisoners after incarceration. Clark plans to devote her life to fighting for these marginalized individuals within society as a public defender.

"I see the law as a vehicle to change the criminal justice system in countless ways," she said.

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