Chapman Awards Second Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship

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January 27, 2020

Chapman is proud to announce that Gilberto Gonzalez, a 2L at the University of Illinois College of Law, is the recipient of the second annual Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship.

Gilberto immigrated from Mexico as a teenager. While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he simultaneously learned English and worked to support himself and his mother. He became a United States citizen and has continued to pursue his dreams at the University of Illinois College of Law. Gilberto sees pursuing law as an opportunity to give back to his community and to be an advocate for diversity and representation. As a volunteer for JusticeCorp, he works with low-income individuals to help them understand the US legal process and connecting them with pro bono attorneys. 

The scholarship is named for the late Maynard Jackson, a public finance partner at Chapman (1982-1990), who was the first African-American Mayor of Atlanta (he was elected in 1973 and served three terms: 1974-1982, 1990-1994). Applications for the $10,000 scholarship were received from second year law students from across the country who demonstrated a commitment to diversity, not only in racial or gender diversity, but in a broader view such as military experience, overcoming adversity, LGBTQ+ status, gender orientation, and socioeconomic disadvantages.

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