Since its formation in 2017, the Answering Legal Foundation has annually awarded its $5,000 Future Attorneys of America Scholarship to help support the dreams of some of the nation’s most inspiring law school students. Today, we’re proud to announce that Felicia Gordon, from Suffolk University Law School, is our newest scholarship winner.
Like many of this year’s scholarship candidates, Gordon possesses an impressive academic background, and has been an active member of her school’s legal communities. But, what really stood out to our selection committee was her passion for helping others, and standing up for people facing unfair discrimination. Gordon aspires to become a public defender and work in criminal justice reform.
“Growing up, I have always appreciated the skill of advocating for others,” Gordon said. “I decided to enter the field of law because, for me, it felt like the best opportunity to advocate for as many people in a way that fosters real change in the lives of individuals.”
About this year’s winner: Felicia Gordon is currently enrolled at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and is expected to complete her J.D. by 2023. While at law school, she has participated in activities with the National Women’s Law Student Association, the Criminal Law Association, the National Lawyers Guild and the First-Generation Law Students Association. Before law school, Gordon graduated from Boston University where she received a BA for Political Science with a minor in philosophy. Gordon is proficient in speaking French, and some of her interests include hiking, fitness and traveling.
Felicia Gordon on her future goals: “Professionally, I aspire to be a part of the solution, not the problem, with the criminal justice system. After I earn my J.D., I hope to work in public interest with the chance to advocate for people. I want to be a resource to people and to help them up when they are at some of the lowest points in their lives. After a fulfilling legal career, my ultimate career aspiration is to become a judge. Personally, I believe that traveling and immersing oneself in new cultures is one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences. I hope to have the opportunity to travel the world, and to experience as many cultures and communities as I can.”
Statement from Answering Legal CEO Brooke Shatles: “Young people like Felicia Gordon need to be empowered. Her passion for helping others is so very inspiring, and I truly believe she can be a leading voice in the world of criminal justice reform once given the opportunity. We hope that this scholarship prize makes it easier for Felicia to finish her degree, and I look forward to following along with her law career.”
Learn about our past scholarship recipients:
2020: Juan Bedoya
2019: Martin McSherry
2018: Irene Hong
Students and Future Attorneys of America, visit our scholarship page and apply to be our next recipient!