University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Board provides three tuition scholarships for 2012

Publish Date/Time: 
June 22, 2012

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 2012:

Laura Gomez-Martin received her BA from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and also graduated from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a degree in Security and Intelligence Studies before coming to Pitt Law. Her area of interest covers the intersection of policy and law, particularly regarding information privacy, consumer data, and emerging technology. Ms. Gomez-Martin’s student note Smartphone Usage and the Need for Consumer Privacy Laws was selected for publication in the spring 2012 edition of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy. She served as the treasurer for the Pitt Law Women’s Association during the 2011-2012 school year, and currently serves as the managing editor for the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy. Upon graduation, Ms. Gomez-Martin plans to pursue a career in the non-profit field.

Sophia Senyo completed a double major in Public Policy and Economics at the University of Chicago, where she served as the speaker for her class’s baccalaureate ceremony. At the University of Chicago she was also a sprinter for the women’s outdoor track team and the captain and a guard for the women’s basketball team. At Pitt Law, Ms. Senyo is a peer mentor in the Black Law Student Association and served as the staff editor for the Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law from 2011-2012. She is also a published co-author of Chicago Promise: A Policy Report on Reinventing the Harlem Children Zone. Community service is very important to her and since high school she has volunteered every summer to help families restore their homes along the Appalachian Trail for the Appalachian Service Project. Her need to help others translates into her legal aspirations because she is interested in juvenile justice and criminal law, in addition to litigation and international law. Ms. Senyo’s goal is to one day become a judge in the juvenile or criminal courts.

Ashley Wood graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She is especially interested in litigation work and explored her interest in personal injury law as the head law clerk at Edgar Snyder & Associates. Ms. Wood is very active in several of Pitt Law’s student organizations. She currently serves as the president of the Student Bar Association, editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy, is a mentor for the Pitt Law Women’s Association, and an active member of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF). Ms. Wood was a 2011 PLISF Grant recipient. Ms. Wood is most proud of being a founding teaching fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Pitt Law this past year. She taught constitutional law and civil rights to high school students in the Pittsburgh community. Through this work, she learned how important it is for young lawyers to work in their communities and share their knowledge with others.

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