Judge Hart Memorial Scholarship Presented to Three Hofstra Law Students

May 24, 2016 | Appeals

Rivkin Radler Partner, Michael Troisi, has presented the Judge Edward J. Hart Memorial Scholarship for Trial Advocacy to Carissa Danesi, Brianne Richards, and Felicia Winder, recent graduates of Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

The Judge Edward J. Hart Memorial Scholarship for Trial Advocacy was created in honor of Edward Hart, a distinguished judge and accomplished trial lawyer, who was a partner at Rivkin Radler before being elected to the bench of the New York State Supreme Court and later appointed by the Governor to a Judgeship in the Appellate Division in Brooklyn.  When Judge Hart passed away in 1996, Rivkin Radler created a scholarship in his name for Hofstra Law Students.  Each year, the firm provides the $2,500.00 scholarship to a student or students who are selected by the Hofstra Law School.

About the Hart Scholars:

Carissa Danesi of Staten Island, NY, will be joining the Nassau County District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney. Carissa’s honors include: Managing Editor, Family Court Review, Volume 54; Semi-Finalist, South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, (2016); Finalist, National Trial Competition, Region II (2016); Competitor, Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition (2015); Finalist, Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition (2015); Semi-Finalist, QUSL Criminal Justice Trial Competition (2014); Competitor, Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition (2014); Semi-Finalist, Hofstra Intramural Competition (2013).

Brianne Richards, of Denville, NJ will be joining the Queen’s District Attorney’s office. Brianne’s honors include:  Hofstra Law Review, Notes Editor, Volume 44; Staff Member, Volume 43, Dean’s Honor Scholar, Dean’s List (6 semesters), Academic Merit Scholarship. She has published “Can I Take the Normal One?” Unregulated Commercial Surrogacy and Child Abandonment, Hofstra Law Review, Volume 44, No 1.

Felicia Winder, of Commack, NY will be joining The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice in New York City. Felicia’s honors included:  Hofstra Law Review, Senior Associate Editor, Volume 44; Child and Family Advocacy Fellow; Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association: Spring 2014 Intramural Competition Winner, Finalist in the Fall 2014 Buffalo-Niagara Interscholastic Mock Trial Competition, Quarter-finalist in the Spring 2015 National Criminal Justice Trial Competition, Finalist in the Fall 2015 Peter J. Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition. Felicia took part in the Pro Bono Scholars program which allowed her to take the New York Bar exam in February, which she passed.

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