There are shortcomings in plaintiffs’ law that I’m looking to do my part to change. First and foremost, only about one in three attorneys is a woman, and it is high time that statistic improves. What’s more is that young attorneys are rarely encouraged to pursue a career on the plaintiff side of trial law, so the number of practicing women plaintiff trial lawyers is critically low. But civil justice can only function optimally if we get better diversity in the courtroom for plaintiffs.
On top of those bothersome statistics, settlement planning is still not the standard of care in many law firms across the nation. The problem starts in law school, where settlement planning is not typically a required course subject or a component of civil justice that gets discussed. New attorneys enter the space with a minimal understanding of how a successful lawsuit will impact their clients’ financial well-being – at no fault of their own, because they haven’t been exposed to the critical nature and myriad advantages that proper settlement planning presents to both plaintiffs and trial lawyers. My company is looking to introduce this elevated level of client care to the next generation of plaintiff trial lawyers, and we’re doing it with a brand-new scholarship for law students.
The Trial LawHER Scholarship is a $10,000 annual scholarship open to rising 3L female law students who intend to become plaintiff trial lawyers. The intent is to enact change on two fronts: to elevate rising women leaders in the plaintiff trial lawyer space, and to educate trial lawyers around the importance of settlement planning.
We’re asking that eligible candidates submit a 1,500- to 2,000-word essay exploring the implications of settlement planning in the context of our civil justice system. Other required materials include a video submission, a letter of recommendation from a law professor, and GPA and test scores. All the details are available here. The submission window is open from May 11, 2021, to September 30, 2021. I will announce the Trial LawHER Scholarship’s first winner in late summer of this year, so the funds are available to support her schooling in the upcoming academic year.
I know that many of you out there have a law student in mind who might be a perfect fit for this scholarship. Please share our scholarship page, this post, and/or our posts on social media with anyone who may find them useful.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).