We at AJU are always proud when one of our alumni is awarded a prestigious scholarship. Jahmy Graham, a BA/MBA alumnus, currently on full scholarship at Southwestern Law School, is now a California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholar as well. This year, with competition greater than usual and merit based on academic success and leadership aspirations, Jahmy was one of the few to win a maximum scholarship. As one of the California Bar Foundation’s top scholarship recipients, Jahmy was selected as the Girardi & Keese Scholar, named after a prominent law firm based in Los Angeles.
As a child growing up in the inner city, Jahmy dreamed of becoming an attorney so that he could work on improving the many problems that plagued his community. While attending AJU, Jahmy volunteered at Bethany Community Church Outreach, Bet Tzedek Legal Services’ Employment Rights Project, and also worked with incarcerated youth. He simultaneously served in many leadership roles at AJU including the President of student government, Senior Editor of the student newspaper, Vice President of the Political Science Association, committee member on the Student/Faculty Commission on Conduct & Integrity, and delivered the commencement speech on behalf of the College of Arts & Sciences class of 2007. His thesis, Nonprofit Legal Services and Private Law Firm Pro Bono: A Collaborative Legal Services Delivery Model, explored the ways in which legal aid organizations and private law firms can better facilitate pro bono legal services for vulnerable populations.
“Law school,” says Jahmy, “is a challenging and intriguing experience; and I absolutely love it. I’m grateful for all the support that I have received from AJU.” Although he only began law school a month ago, he is already immersing himself into the pro bono legal community. Jahmy is a volunteer advocate with Homeless Court, an innovative citation and warrant relief program which is coordinated by the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, Public Counsel and the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority.
Upon hearing the news, AJU President Dr. Robert Wexler, commented, “The scholarship is a tremendous achievement, and we could not be more proud of Jahmy. He continues to bring honor, not only to himself, but to AJU as well.”