Two Students Awarded Rising Star Scholarship

Posted on: 04/25/2014

The Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association (BCWLA) presented the 2013 Rising Star Scholarship Award to two NSU Law students Carisa Champion-Lippman and Michelle Kenney.

Champion-Lippman is a second year law student, but will be graduating in May 2016 from NSU Law, because she is currently obtaining two other degrees. When she graduates, she will have a J.D., D.O. and a Masters in Public Health. Champion- Lippman developed her love for the medical field early in life. Both of her parents are nurses and she joined them on several mission trips as a teen and young adult. Through those experiences, she determined that she wanted to help people with medicine and the law. NSU was just the place in which she could combine those fields and learn more about health policy. Her goals include advocating for necessary legislation and administrative policies in the medical field. To promote that goal while in school, Champion-Lippman initiated a task force to create a student-run clinic for the local homeless population.  Since starting this project, this group has secured clinic space, volunteers, supplies, and grant proposals with an expected open date of summer.

Kenney is a second year, evening law student. She works full time as a paralegal and is mother to a teenage daughter. Growing up, she experienced her family’s struggle with the complexity of navigating and providing necessary care for developmentally disabled sibling.  Her goal is to advocate for families with children with special needs and help them obtain the skills and training to properly care for them. To help in that effort, Kenney founded a not-for-profit organization called Rainy Day Disability Resources, Inc.  This organization serves the disabled community by providing funding options along with the education and specialized resources, including trainings and low cost or no cost legal work for families that have obtained (or trying to obtain) a legal guardianship for a disabled or elder family member.  She also organized a workshop for parents of developmentally disabled parents at NSU. This event serviced over 60 families in the local community.  Because of her work in the community, Kenney was awarded the 2012 Broward Coalition on Aging Scholarship and 2013 Association of Professional Businesswomen Scholarship.

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