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2021 winner BIOGRAPHIES

Sebrina Dixon
AWL Foundation Scholarship

Sebrina is a rising 3L at Marquette, where she is a member of AWL and Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and is a staff editor of the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review. She is an Iowa native, where she attended Iowa State University double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. During her time at Marquette, she has found her niche in tax law and looks forward to pursuing a career post grad in the tax practice area.

Sebrina went to law school so that she could give back to her community. Recently, she saw a need at Marquette which lacked an organization that helped students interested in tax law. Sebrina is now the Co-Founder and Co-President of Marquette’s first Tax Law Association, a student organization with an all-female executive board. Sebrina looks forward to providing and supporting other students with networking and mentorship opportunities from the local tax law community.

Kimberly Gutierrez is a first-generation Latina from Chicago. Kimberly completed her undergraduate at Denison University. There she double majored in Psychology and Political Science. During her summers at Denison, she interned at the University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project and the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Chicago.

After graduating from Denison magna cum laude, she started her law school career at the University of Wisconsin Law School. At UW Law, Kimberly was elected as a 1L Representative for the Student Bar Association. She now serves as the Co-Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Latinx Law Student Association. Kimberly is also a member of the mock trial team and an associate to the Wisconsin Law Review. This past summer Kimberly was a law clerk at Rathje Woodward, as a part of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Diversity Clerkship Program. During her free time, Kimberly enjoys cooking and exploring coffee shops. Kimberly is thankful to the Association for Women Lawyers for their support in the continuance of her legal formation.

Kimberly Gutierrez
AWL Foundation Scholarship

Samantha Jozwiak
Shirley S. Abrahamson

Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Samantha never believed she would be able to go to college–let alone law school. After years of attempting other unfulfilling alternative paths, Samantha committed herself to working full-time while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Going from a ‘C’ average in her last semester at high school, Samantha thrived in her first semester of college, gaining a 4.0 GPA. It was then that she knew she had chosen the right path, and continued to work and finish her undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude.

During that time, Samantha also found a passion for pro bono work, and continues to help those in need within her community. Samantha is now a current second year law student at Marquette University Law School, who has a strong passion for legal research and advocacy, and looks forward to practicing law in Wisconsin upon graduating law school.

Jen Knackert, a Milwaukee native, attended UW-Madison for her undergraduate degree.  After graduation, she served a year as an AmeriCorps member for City Year in Washington, DC with a wonderful class of first graders. She returned to Milwaukee and worked as the first Equity and Inclusion Intern for Milwaukee Public Schools for two years, crafting district-wide policies and providing equitable practices training for education professionals across the district. 

Then came her time as a manager of a grant program in the UWM School of Education focused on culturally responsive educational practices.  While in this role, she decided to attend law school and completed her 1L year as a part-time student.  Once she switched over to full-time status, she moved into her current role as a legal intern at Direct Supply, Inc. As a 3L, she is the editor-in-chief of the Marquette Law Review, an Academic Success Program Leader, and a proud member of the Organization for Student Wellbeing.  She considers her greatest accomplishments to be her close relationships with friends, family, and her law school pup Ruth.

Jennifer Knackert
Virginia A. Pomeroy Scholarship

Sammi Lawrence
Virginia A. Pomeroy Scholarship

Sammi is a rising 3L at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. She is a founding member and current president of the Law Students with Disabilities Coalition, a chapter of the National Disabled Law Students Association. She also volunteers with NDLSA, assisting the growing organization in registering copyright claims and trademarks. Additionally, Sammi is a  member of the Women Law Students Association and  a note and comment editor on the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society.

This past summer, Sammi interned with Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Crime Victims’ Rights Project. The Crime Victims’ Rights Project represents victims of crime in ongoing criminal cases, prioritizing cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence. Through the CVRP, Sammi has begun volunteering with Safe at Home, Wisconsin’s address confidentiality program. Previously, she interned with the Freedom From Religion Foundation during her 2L summer and spring semester. While at FFRF, she assisted with civil rights litigation and policy-focused research. Following graduation in May 2022, Sammi plans to pursue a career in civil rights law, specifically in the First Amendment, victim rights, and disability rights.

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