The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University has awarded the inaugural Harris Beach Diversity Scholarship to rising third-year student Vanessa Wilcox. The establishment of the scholarship by the law firm was recognized at Hofstra University’s annual scholarship luncheon on March 27.
Established in 2018, the Harris Beach Diversity Scholarship is awarded to an upper-level law student who enhances the diversity of the student body and has an interest in pursuing a career in supporting economic development on Long Island.
Vanessa, who lives in Westbury, New York, is a member of Hofstra Law’s Black Law Student Association, Tax Law Association, and Trusts and Estates Law Society. She has also volunteered as a tutor at the Westbury UMC S.T.A.R.R. After School Program. This past summer, Vanessa was a judicial intern to the Honorable William J. O’Brien in Nassau County District Court.
“I am grateful to Harris Beach for this incredible scholarship,” said Vanessa, pictured above between Harris Beach’s Sandy Milord, associate, and Thomas Garry, managing partner of the firm’s Uniondale office, at the scholarship luncheon. “This will help me reach my goal of founding an organization that teaches middle- and low-income families how to protect their assets for a brighter future and an overall quality of life.”
“Harris Beach strongly supports opportunities for tomorrow’s lawyers. This scholarship and our work with Hofstra Law is just one way that we demonstrate that commitment,” said Garry in the firm’s press release. “Vanessa is an outstanding candidate, and we are looking forward to introducing her to the many facets of the practice of law in the Long Island area.”