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Our 2014 Michigan Auto Law Diversity Law School Scholarship recipient

August 19, 2014 by Steven M. Gursten

All about Levin law student Christian Chessman and his efforts to fight racism on campus


A big congrats to Levin College of Law student Christian Chessman, who is the recipient of our 2014 Annual Diversity Scholarship.

Christian will begin his law career this fall at the University of Florida’s law school. His scholarship application was chosen out of many talented law school student applicants from throughout the country.

Prior to law school, Christian attended the University of Florida and earned a bachelors degree in Political Science.

Each Diversity Scholarship applicant was asked to submit an essay on how they are working to improve diversity in our communities. Our attorneys were impressed with Christian’s efforts, as he began volunteering as an undergrad with the university’s Division of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs. He was able to design, develop and implement programs to give minority students a forum for representation.

Christian also volunteered with Levin Law School’s Interpersonal Violence Assistance Clinic as a Spanish-to-English translator, helping minority women whose language barriers often prevent them from seeking help. As Christian wrote in his essay:

“The fight against racism – and for equal racial representation – is much more than a goal to me. It is a calling I intend to pursue with the advocacy skills I have developed and will continue to develop as a law student.”

Here’s a Google Hangout between Christian and Michigan Auto Law attorney Brandon Hewitt:

We wish Christian the very best in his future and very promising legal career.

Each year, Michigan Auto Law awards a Diversity Scholarship. The 2015 scholarship deadline is May 1, 2015.  For more information on application guidelines and eligibility, visit our Diversity Scholarship web page.

On another note, Michigan Auto Law is currently offering another scholarship for anyone attending a U.S. college or university who was injured in a car accident. The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship was created to help injured accident victims who are demonstrating resolve and determination to rebuild their lives.

Related information:

Our 2013 Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship Winner: Amanda Bass

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