Law Alumni Association: Scholarship Program
The University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Board provides three tuition scholarships annually to deserving law students in their third year of study. The competition for these scholarships is remarkable. The members of the UPLAA Board are pleased to profile the following winners for 2014.
Katie McLay earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Political Science from Grove City College in 2010. Prior to enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh as a joint degree student studying both law and business, Ms. McLay worked in human resources at a free market think tank in Washington, D.C. During her time at Pitt Law, Ms. McLay co-founded the Pitt chapter of Young Professionals in Energy, served as an editor of the Pitt Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, and hosted substantive legal discussions as an officer of the Federalist Society. She also represented the University at the WVU Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition where she earned the top individual award for oral advocacy. During her first summer as a law student, Ms. McLay clerked at the Institute for Justice, a Washington, D.C. based public interest law firm that pursues and protects individual liberties in the areas of property rights, economic liberty, school choice, and free speech. Upon graduation, she hopes to pair her passion for the city of Pittsburgh with her longtime interest in the region’s natural resources by pursuing a career in energy and mineral law.
Sarah Steers completed a B.S. in History and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. After college, she worked as a management consultant with Public Consulting Group and performed budget analyses for the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). At Pitt Law, Ms. Steers writes for JURIST, works as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow for the Coulter Translational Research Partners Program, and serves as Research Editor of the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Tax Review. Following law school, Ms. Steers plans to pursue a career in social welfare or environmental policy.
Endia Vereen earned double majors in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 and in 2011, as well as a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, focusing on Global Political Economy. Prior to starting law school, Ms. Vereen served as a legislative intern for PA State Senator Jim Brewster, primarily assisting constituents with problems encountered while dealing with state government and state agencies. As a law student, she is a Commentary Section Head for JURIST, a member of the Moot Court Board, a staff editor for the Journal of Technology, Law and Policy, and a teaching assistant for Professor Judith Teeter. She served as a co-planner of Future Lawyers Day, an event held in conjunction with the PBA and Duquesne Law, where students from high schools in the Pittsburgh area spend the afternoon at Pitt Law learning about law school and the legal field through a number of simulated presentations. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Vereen worked as a summer associate at Sherrard, German, & Kelly, P.C. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in corporate law, specifically in entity formation and commercial transactions. Outside of school, she enjoys volunteering through the ACBF & Attorney’s Against Hunger, teaching peer mediation and conflict resolution skills at Andrew Street High School in Munhall, PA, and spending time with family.