Michelle DeLong Receives Law Alumni Association's Scholarship AwardPosted on: 02/07/2014
Michelle Nichols DeLong, third-year law student and recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s (LAA) Endowed Scholarship Award, was congratulated by the Vice President of the Law Alumni Association, Ethan Wall, and Director of Alumni Relations, Elena Minicucci. DeLong wowed board members after submitting her qualifications and the required essay. Applicants are required to submit an essay describing how they would keep alumni engaged and how they have demonstrated their own commitment to the Law Center.
While DeLong praises the Law Center for its great student organizations, she emphasizes that “the Law Center must strengthen its alumni relations through organizational outreach programs.” She believes that “each organization must make a commitment… to reach out to former members” and encourage alums to return to their alma mater to mentor current students. She also suggested that students, 4Ls, 3Ls, and 2Ls, be given an opportunity to mentor 1Ls because such involvement would send a strong message of the importance of building mentoring relationships early on. DeLong says that by doing so “Nova law students will graduate with the idea that you are never too young to mentor another and never too old to benefit from the wisdom of another.”
DeLong, an Associate Editor of Nova Law Review, is actively involved with and has demonstrated her commitment to reach out to alumni. DeLong partnered with the Editor-in-Chief of Nova Law Review, Joe Morgese, to create her current position as Alumni Relations Editor. She actively engages alumni and encourages them to meet with students to offer guidance, share their thoughts and ideas, and pass on the lessons they have learned along the way. She has participated in activities with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), served as a member of the Craig S. Barnard Inns of Court, was active with Committees of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and worked with Florida Capital Resource Center (FCRC), a non-profit organization.
The LAA and DeLong look forward to their continued commitment to alumni. DeLong says, “Through my internal and external experiences with the Law Center, I have met numerous alumni that have made me proud and my actions have been made with the knowledge that one day I too will be an alum.” Director, Elena Minicucci, says that “Michelle DeLong exhibits the type of initiative and creativity that lawyers need in order to be successful in their practice. She understands that she needs to make connections now, while she is still in law school, with law alumni. Michelle has good ideas for connecting her Law Review colleagues to law alumni who once served on Nova Law Review. I am happy to work with her to help her achieve her goals.”