Benjamin Pomerance of Albany Law School and Milana Khlebina of St. John's University School of Law have been awarded prestigious scholarships to continue their legal studies, The New York Bar Foundation announced today.

Pomerance of Plattsburgh is the recipient of the Elder Law Section Scholarship. Khlebina of Staten Island will receive the Lorraine Power Tharp Real Property Law Section Scholarship. The Elder Law and Real Property Law sections are of the New York State Bar Association.

"We are pleased to award Benjamin Pomerance and Milana Khlebina with these noteworthy scholarships," said Bar Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse (Bond, Schoeneck & King).  "Both students have demonstrated a commitment to their fields through their studies, extracurricular activities and real-world experience. They are worthy recipients."

Elder Law Section Scholarship-Pomerance is a second-year law student and a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. Within the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law Section, he is student editor of the Elder Law Attorney and student co-chair of the Law School Liaison program. He also is editor-in-chief of the Bar's student newsletter Law Student Connection.

Pomerance is president of the Albany Law School chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Lorraine Power Tharp Real Property Law Section Scholarship-Khlebina is a third-year law student and a summa cum laude graduate of Pace University. At St. John's, she received the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Excellence for the Future Award in Real Estate Transactions.

As a law clerk for Hall & Hall of Staten Island, Khlebina drafted real estate contracts, prepared legal memoranda pertaining to real estate transactions and attended commercial and residential closings. She previously interned with the Federal Trade Commission and the Louis Sangiorgio Supreme Court Law Intern Program. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

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