TU College of Law Student Receives Nationally-Competitive Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Friday, September 25, 2009

Stephanie Nowak, a second-year student at The University of Tulsa College of Law, was awarded one of three nationally-competitive Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarships.

The scholarship includes a paid summer associate position with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC following the student’s second year and a $10,000 financial award to assist with the cost of tuition during the third year of law school.

Nowak, a native of Willow Creek, Mont., was one of nearly 80 applicants that were received from law schools across the nation, including Boston University School of Law, George Washington University Law School and Wake Forest University School of Law. Criteria for the award includes an outstanding academic record during undergraduate and law school studies, a good work ethic demonstrated by work experience or community service, and letters of recommendation.

“I’m most excited about the experience I’ll get working as a summer associate and, of course, the financial award is extremely helpful,” Nowak said.

Nowak clerked for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office and served as judicial assistant and deputy court clerk for the 18th District Court in Bozeman, Mont. At the TU College of Law, she is a member of the Board of Advocates and the Public Interest Law Society, and is a candidate for the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law. She said she expects the upcoming work experience with Baker Donelson to help her decide what area of law to practice after graduation.

After the academic year, she will report to the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office for her summer associate position.

Jimmy Hart