Rachel Bernzweig, a student at Albany Law School, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship. Established in 2004, the scholarship is funded by Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and administered by The New York Bar Foundation. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to second year law students in New York State who excel in legal writing and advocacy. Previous winners of this scholarship have gone on to hold positions at law firms such as Cravath Cadwalader, and as in-house counsel at organizations including Cancer Genetics, Inc. and NY Arc.
To be considered for the Scholarship, applicants must submit an essay that demonstrates technical writing skills, while supporting their particular topic. Ms. Bernzweig’s winning paper entitled, “The Right to Healthcare Does Not Exist: An Analysis of the Lack of Access to Healthcare for Transgender Individuals” addresses the issues transgendered individuals face when it comes to medical care. Her paper discusses the need to shed some light on this issue, and expresses a desire to, provide an authoritative voice for the individuals who may feel like they do not have one.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship. I am grateful to the New York Bar Foundation and Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein for their generosity. I will always remember the work of Judge Meyer as I continue to be an advocate for those in need.” said Ms. Bernzweig.
Ms. Bernzweig will complete her J.D. from Albany Law School in 2018.
The Scholarship Selection Committee, which judges the essay submissions in a blind reading, was comprised of Andrew J. Turro, Member of Meyer Suozzi and Chair of the firm’s Equine & Racing Law practice, Hon. Michael A. Ciaffa, former Nassau County District Court Judge, and Emily Franchina, Chair of the Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation and a Past President of the Nassau County Bar Association.
About Hon. Bernard S. Meyer
Judge Meyer practiced law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York until his election in 1958, as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County where he served as a Justice of that Court for 14 years. Judge Meyer was an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979-1986 and practiced with Meyer Suozzi from 1987 through 2005. The Judge Bernard S. Meyer scholarship was established in his honor, to serve New York State’s legal profession.
About Meyer Suozzi
Founded in 1960, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. is a distinguished provider of legal services, with a reputation for integrity, insight and excellent client service. The firm’s attorneys are committed to their clients, community, public affairs and diversity. With offices in Albany, Garden City, Manhattan and Washington, D.C., the firm provides legal advice in 18 practice areas. The firm can be found online at www.msek.com.
Photo from left to right: Lois Carter Schlissel, A. Thomas Levin, Rachel Bernzweig, and Andrew Turro
Photo Credit: Meyer Suozzi