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Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship Winners

The Recognizing Public Servants Scholarship was created by David Benowitz as a community engagement program to increase awareness for public servants and the important role they play in their community. Our team is honored to assist students in the pursuit of their higher education through this financial award.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021 award and can be submitted by visiting our scholarship page.

2020 Winner: Kaitlyn McGlothlen

“I am originally from a town in Eastern Washington but ventured out West to attend school at the University of Washington. Originally, I studied psychology and philosophy with the intent to become a juvenile defense attorney. I traveled and competed for UW’s Mock Trial team, participated in a program introducing Philosophy to students across South Seattle called Philosophy for Children, and was an intern with the Department of Corrections. However, I ultimately felt pulled towards education and wished to make a difference in student’s lives. Currently I am a graduate student at Central Washington University, working towards being a high school ELL teacher. Although venturing away from law and towards a different form of public service, I still coach the University of Washington’s Mock Trial Team and plan to introduce my high school students to the field of law.

I am so grateful for this opportunity which will help me further my education. Juggling the cost of school nowadays can be incredibly overwhelming, but this scholarship will help me deal with that burden. My ultimate goal is to uplift and empower my community, one student at a time. This helps me do that, and I am so thankful!”

Previous Scholarship Winner Admitted to Michigan State Bar

Former recipient of the David Benowitz “Recognizing Public Servant Scholarship,” Husnah Khan, was sworn in to the State Bar of Michigan on May 15, 2020. Husnah received the scholarship as a third-year student at Wayne State University Law School where she studied to pursue a legal career working in public service.

The “Recognizing Public Servant Scholarship” was founded by David Benowitz in hopes of encouraging others to pursue public service and to give them the opportunity to express their thoughts on the critical role that public servants play not only in our legal system and communities. Awarded each year to only one student in the nation, Husnah’s work embodies the dedication to public service that David encourages, specifically her desire to work in overturning wrongful convictions.

Husnah’s motion for admission to the State Bar of Michigan came from Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Amy Ronayne Krause, who’s first contact with Husnah came when congratulating her for receiving the scholarship. Judge Krause has previously commended Husnah for her academic and internship success, and has defined her to be a true public servant.

During her time at Wayne State University Law School, Husnah actively participated in The Journal of Law in Society as an editor, the Muslim Law Students Association as President, and the American Bar Association Law Student Division as Lieutenant Governor of Public Interest.

David, on behalf of the whole team here at the firm, is proud to see her being admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and looks forward to seeing what she will accomplish in her work in public service.

2019 Winner: Mita Ramani

Mita Ramani is originally from the suburbs of Chicago and is currently a senior at the University of Notre Dame, studying Economics and Philosophy in the Glynn Family Honors Program. At Notre Dame, Mita has been involved with the Notre Dame Mock Trial Association, Student Government Executive Cabinet, the South Asian Student Association, and Women in Politics, to name a few. Next year she hopes to attend law school at the University of Virginia to learn how she can make a difference in her community in the future.

“I am incredibly grateful and blessed to have received this scholarship. Paying for law school is a great challenge so this scholarship will go a long way for helping with books and tuition. I am so excited to be the individual chosen for the Public Servants Scholarship and hope to be a public servant to my community in the future!!”

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