Legal Scholarship Award (2018)

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Scholarship LawMcNeely Stephenson is pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship for first-year law school students, which will be awarded at the beginning of the next academic year (August 2018).

This scholarship is designed to encourage and award creative authorship. Informing various audiences is part of the legal profession. The ability to clearly and accurately relay a message is crucial, whether it is addressed to a person inquiring about legal services, a client, a judge, or a jury.

Scholarship applicants must submit a sample of their writing which has previously been published in a newspaper, magazine, professional blog or academic publication. It is not necessary that the subject matter be related to the law; its primary purpose should be to inform readers.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.;
  • Commencing law school (1L) in August 2018;
  • Written an article which has been published (in print or digital media).

Requirements

Applicants must submit the following by May 1, 2018:

  • A completed Scholarship Application Form;
  • Copy of law school acceptance letter;
  • Copy of previously published article or link to its online location.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity;
  • Originality;
  • Ability to clearly convey a complex message.

Award

McNeely Stephenson Scholarship is a $1,000 award. We will notify the successful applicant by June 15, 2018. A check for $1,000 will be made payable to the applicable law school and mailed by August 1, 2018, to help defray the recipient’s tuition costs and other expenses. The recipient is expected to abide with current tax laws.

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Our Indiana personal injury lawyers have been successfully litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982. McNeely Stephenson have been helping injured people across Indiana recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, and other expenses incurred through no fault of their own.

Fine Print

By submitting an application, the applicant grants McNeely Stephenson permission to use the applicant’s, name, school, and photo in marketing platforms. This can include, but is not limited to, McNeely Stephenson website, social media accounts, press releases, or other publications.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY
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