Albany Law School student Aurelia Marina Pohrib of Sunnyside, Queens, is the winner of the 2011 Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship.
The award, funded by Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein and administered by The New York Bar Foundation, is presented annually to a student who exhibits excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills. The $5,000 scholarship will be applied to Pohrib's law school tuition for the 2011-2012 year.
"We are very pleased that the Judge Meyer Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Pohrib," said Lois Carter Schlissel, Meyer Suozzi's managing attorney. "This essay contest allows the firm to encourage excellence in legal writing and advocacy among future members of our profession while honoring Judge Meyer for his outstanding work and dedication to the law."
Pohrib was recognized for her paper, "The Market for Egg Donation: Its Economic Inequalities and Lack of Regulation." She analyzed the market for egg donation within the United States with respect to our country's constitutional right of procreative liberty. The essay may be viewed at www.tnybf.org.
Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson said, "We are pleased to award the Judge Meyer Scholarship to a student of such distinction. Ms. Pohrib's essay discusses a hotly-debated subject involving individual privacy and freedoms, advanced medical technology, legal and ethical issues, and a multi-million dollar industry. Her paper exemplifies the excellent legal writing and advocacy skills that we seek in law students planning to become members of the legal profession."
A 2009 graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Pohrib is a student ambassador at Albany Law and a member of the Albany Law Journal of Science of Technology. She is currently working as a summer research assistant at Albany Law School and a volunteer legal intern at United Sikhs.
Judge Meyer was an associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979-1986 and practiced with Meyer Suozzi from 1987 until his death in 2005. He served as special deputy attorney general of New York in charge of the Special Attica Investigation and was a member of the Governor's Commission on Integrity in Government.
Founded in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. For more information about the Foundation, go to www.tnybf.org or call 518/487-5651.
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