Fernanda Torres 2014 Recipient of the Honorable Charles I Kaplan Scholarship

Posted on: 04/25/2014

Fernanda Torres was recently awarded the Honorable Charles I. Kaplan Scholarship for her outstanding contributions to the Law Center’s Children and Families Clinic. Torres is preparing for graduation in May and this award provided much needed financial relief as she prepares for the upcoming Bar Exam.

The Honorable Charles I Kaplan Scholarship was established in memory of Judge Kaplan `88, a juvenile court judge. Judge Kaplan was dedicated to making a difference inside and outside the courtroom.  Each year, this award honors a student who is committed to children and families as demonstrated through their hard work, integrity, competency and dedication while working in the Law Center’s Children and Families Clinic. Interim Dean Elena Langan recognized Torres for her hard work, presenting her with a plaque. Along with previous honorees, Torres’ name was added to a plaque located in the clinic.

Torres is focused on helping others, “in particular individuals going through a difficult time within the family.” She goes on to say that it was this desire and particular area of law that led her “to apply to law school and subsequently become involved in the children and families clinical program.”

The Director of the Children and Families Clinic and Associate Professor, Brion Blackwelder, nominated Torres because she “was an excellent advocate for children and families in the fall 2013 Clinic” and “she showed outstanding dedication and carried out difficult assignments with high skill.”

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