This summer, 17 Scholars completed the eight-week, award-winning Louis Stokes Scholars Program run by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Each Scholar was recently awarded a certificate during a recognition ceremony attended by participants, family members, mentors, judges, court administrators, lawyers, past and current CMBA leadership, founding members, and others, that included inspirational speeches made by Scholars.
Created in 2012, the Louis Stokes Scholars Program provides paid summer legal internships for college students who are graduates of the Cleveland and East Cleveland school districts and have an interest in careers in the law. The program is named after former Congressman Louis Stokes, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District graduate and retired Senior Counsel of what is now Squire Patton Boggs.
At the ceremony, Squire Patton Boggs announced a new pledge of support for the Louis Stokes Scholars Program, through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, in the amount of $12,500 annually for an additional five years to help fund the program through 2023.
"We are excited for the opportunity to develop a sustaining partnership with Squire Patton Boggs," said Hugh McKay, president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. "The Stokes Scholars Program serves a critical role in our series of pipeline initiatives, changing lives, one student at a time. Thanks to their generous commitment, Squire Patton Boggs, as Sustaining Sponsor of the Program, is helping to ensure the future of this program remains bright."
"We at Squire Patton Boggs are proud to extend our commitment of the Stokes Scholars Program," said Rick Manoloff, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs and president-elect of the CMBA. "Advancing the ideals and vision of our esteemed colleague and former Congressman Louis Stokes, the Stokes Scholars Program is a fitting tribute to the impact he has made in this community, and our society."