Katelynn McBride Barbosa | December 29, 2019
The Diversity Scholarship Foundation presented Ayah Sarsour, a third-year student at Notre Dame Law School, with the Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award on December 3 at the 2019 Unity Award Dinner at the Hilton Chicago.
The scholarship is awarded to law students interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a nonprofit agency that represents the needy and underprivileged.
"I want to thank the committee for selecting me as a recipient of this award," Sarsour said. "I am excited to continue fighting for the rights and liberties of all people, especially those in need. I also want to thank Notre Dame Law School for supporting me on my path to becoming a different kind of lawyer, a lawyer committed to pursuing justice wherever her life may take her. "
Sarsour is committed to advocating for communities of color and the indigent. Prior to law school, Sarsour was a middle school teacher in the Milwaukee public school system. Throughout law school, she has pursued experiences in public defense. She is currently serving as a certified federal law clerk for the Federal Community Defenders in the Northern District of Indiana. She has also served as a felony panel law clerk for the Orange County Public Defender and as a certified legal intern for the Public Defender in South Bend.
She recently completed Notre Dame’s “Inside-Out” course through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, which brings students together from both sides of the prison wall to explore issues including why people commit crime and what prisons are for.
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