Each year, the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law awards two or three full-ride scholarships to law students to the Forum Annual Conference and the Media Advocacy Workshop. The next conference will be held on February 5-7, 2015 at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona. The scholarship includes registration fees (including meals) and lodging for the Forum conference and the Media Advocacy Workshop, as well as the costs of airfare and ground transportation.
The Forum awards up to three scholarships for each annual conference: one scholarship is for a minority student (the Forum's Governing Committee looks for applicants who will add diversity to the current membership of the Forum and the communications law bar in general) and a scholarship open to the general pool of applicants. Applicants for minority scholarship are automatically included among the applicants for the general pool scholarship. One of the scholarships recipients will be designated as the recipient of the Dick Goehler Scholarship, named in memory of the former Forum chair.
The scholarships are intended for those who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference, and those who have not previously received financial assistance from the Forum to attend the annual conference (such as moot court participants). Please note that preference may be given to upper-class law students and to applicants who have not previously attended the annual conference. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the U.S.
The Forum will begin to accept scholarship applications no earlier than October 1, 2014. Please submit the following, adhering to the instructions carefully:
1. A resume indicating your expected graduation date, and highlighting any pertinent course work, academic scholarship, extracurricular activities, and employment or volunteer experience.
2. A letter explaining in specific detail your interest in media law, your interest in attending the conference, any previous employment or volunteer experience in free speech and communications law, and any current or prior involvement as a student member of the Forum, and your career goals. Please also indicate whether you are applying for the international, minority, or the general pool scholarship.
3. At least one letter of recommendation from a law school academic reference. Recommendations may be submitted either by the applicant or by the recommender directly. If the recommendation is submitted separately from other materials, please make sure the subject line of the email reads: "Communications Law Forum Scholarships: Recommendation for [name]."Additional recommendations may be submitted, but are not required.
All applicants are encouraged, although not required, to join the Forum as a student member. Forum membership is free to law students who are ABA members.
Please submit all information by email only to David Greene; no later than November 30, 2014. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept late applications this year. Each item should be submitted as a PDF attachment to an email. Do not submit your materials as text in the body of the email, or as an attached word processing document. The subject of your email must read "Communications Law Forum scholarships." Your application may not be considered if you or your recommenders do not follow these instructions. Scholarship decisions will be made by mid-December.
Recipients are responsible for all taxes associated with receiving a scholarship and will be required to complete appropriate tax documents prior to receiving any award.
Applications for the 2015 scholarships are now being accepted.