July 14, 2021, (Garden City, NY), Renee Toney, a student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, has been selected as the 2021 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.
To be considered for the Scholarship, applicants must submit an essay that demonstrates technical writing skills, critical thinking, and advocacy. Ms. Toney’s winning paper is entitled “The Need for a National Monitoring Body for Mandatory Immigration Detention.”
In accepting the award, Ms. Toney stated: "I am truly honored and humbled to be chosen as a recipient of the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship. Judge Meyers’ work is inspirational and I am happy to be a part of a community that advocates for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. I am grateful to the New York Bar Foundation and Meyer Suozzi for the recognition and their generosity."
Ms. Toney anticipates on receiving her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 2022.
The Scholarship Selection Committee, which judges the essay submissions in a blind reading, was comprised of Meyer Suozzi Members Andrew J. Turro and Hon. Randall T. Eng, and Gioia Gensini, Chair of the Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation.
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, Nassau County, where he served 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 memory, to serve New York State’s legal profession.