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Jackson, Riverton Students Receive UW’s Inaugural Brimmer Scholarship

April 20, 2011

Stephanie Holguin of Riverton and Leah Schwartz of Jackson are the recipients of the University of Wyoming College of Law's inaugural Judge Clarence A. Brimmer Scholarship.

The Brimmer Scholarship, which provides up to $10,000 for a student's final year of law school, is the largest scholarship given by the College of Law. It is designed to reward excellence in the pursuit of a legal education, both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, as well as in service to the college, UW and people of Wyoming.

The new program honors the long and distinguished career of Judge Brimmer, a Rawlins native who served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, practiced law in Rawlins, and served as both U.S. attorney and attorney general. For the past 35 years, Judge Brimmer has served on the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Holguin graduated with honors from UW in 2003 with degrees in criminal justice and sociology, after also taking courses at Central Wyoming College. Between college and law school, she worked as a child protection social worker in Arizona, and she continues to volunteer with young people who have aged out of the foster care system. She is now a research assistant at the College of Law, volunteers her language skills in the Domestic Violence Clinic and is the vice president of Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice.

Schwartz earned her undergraduate degree in English literature at Stanford University. Her undergraduate education included work as a Shakespeare scholar at Oxford University in England. She has interned in the UW Legal Services Program and has just accepted the position of the Legal Services Student Clinic director for the coming year. She also served as the president for the Wyoming Law Students for Equal Justice, volunteers for the Wyoming Access to Justice Commission, and has recently submitted a case note to the current edition of the Wyoming Law Review, due for publication this spring.

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