Meet this year’s winner, Stanford Law School student Amir Wright, and learn how he is using community advocacy to encourage success among diverse students
On behalf of the attorneys and professional staff at Michigan Auto Law, I’d like to offer congratulations to Amir Wright, winner of the Michigan Auto Law 2020 Law Student Diversity Scholarship.
Amir is a first-year law student at Stanford Law School in California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science this past May.
We chose Amir because of his impressive advocacy efforts to promote diversity at UC Berkeley. As a member of the Cal Black Student Union, he watched students before him establish a Black Resource Center on campus. Inspired by this, Amir was elected by his fellow students to represent them in the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that acts as the governing body for the students of UC Berkeley. Additionally, Amir served on the Undergraduate Student Diversity Project Student Advisory Committee where he advised the Chancellor’s cabinet on how to increase African-American student enrollment.
Amir’s commitment to promoting diversity went well beyond the Berkeley campus. He was the only student – and only one of two African Americans – to serve on the City of Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission where he played a critical role in convincing the City Planning Commission to unanimously pass the More Student Housing Now Resolution.
His extensive experience with city and campus governance as an elected student representative has served him well as he explains in his essay:
“I grew to gain a more intimate understanding of the people-centered advocacy that requires actively listening to their concerns for needs-based assessments of ASUC policy recommendations and resolutions, as well as being able to utilize the voice of my constituents in critical negotiations with senior campus administrators and the Chancellor.”
To ensure that he is “well equipped for the task” of bringing about the “social change” that his “community deserves” and that “racial justice” demands, Amir is “pursuing a Juris Doctorate” at Stanford Law School:
“America is in a tumultuous political situation currently, with a deficit of community leaders that radiate integrity, objectivity, and critical thinking skills. I am insistent upon filling the void through community-based remedies, measurable outcomes, and critical public policy for the common good. The pursuit of this degree will provide me with the preparation I need to make these aspirations a reality.”
That’s exactly why our attorneys first got together to create our Diversity Scholarship. It is also what makes Amir Wright the perfect recipient for our 2020 Law Student Diversity Scholarship.
Our lawyers wish Amir nothing but the best during his studies at Stanford Law School and in his promising legal career that will follow.
Michigan Auto Law scholarships
Each year, Michigan Auto Law awards a Diversity Scholarship to a law student. The next scholarship deadline is June 1, 2021. For more information on application guidelines and eligibility, visit our Diversity Scholarship webpage.
Michigan Auto Law also offers two other scholarships annually.
Our attorneys have created the “Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship” which is open to all college students who have been seriously injured in a car accident.
Additionally, we have created the “Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship” which is open to high school juniors and seniors.
Please visit our Scholarships Page to learn more.