A local student has received an AWA Scholarship as she continues seeking her doctorate of jurisprudence at the University of Memphis.
Sierra Knight, a 2L student at the University Of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law, is a native of Tullahoma. Prior to law school, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics, graduating cum laude, in 2018 from The University of the South. Currently, she is president of the Health Law Society, on staff for Volume 50 of The University of Memphis Law Review, a member of the AWA Student Chapter and a graduate assistant for the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic. She hopes to use her legal education to positively affect the health care needs of low-income children in the Memphis area, the State of Tennessee and beyond. In addition to her studies, she devotes the majority of her time to her externship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her spare time, she is busy crafting an original novel, enjoying family and friends and watching college football.
The 200-member Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) was formed in 1979 and is made up of attorneys from the Mid-South. The president and board members serve one-year terms. The purpose of the AWA is to support colleagues in the challenges they face as women and as attorneys, through mentoring AWA student chapter members and promoting public service in the community. In an effort to support aspiring attorneys, AWA conducts fundraising activities for its scholarship fund, such as continuing legal education seminars, special events throughout the year, and a golf tournament.
There is also a mentorship program in place to foster relationships between attorney mentors and University of Memphis law students. In addition, the association members are encouraged to give back to the community by providing pro bono work to citizens who cannot otherwise afford legal assistance.