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2015-2016 Recipients

Bryce P. Ball
John Marshall Law School, Class of 2017
Member of Alpha Lodge #155 (Galesburg, Ill.)

Laura Sara Bozarth
Saint Louis University School of Law, Class of 2018

Kasey Coughlin
John Marshall Law School, Class of 2017
After graduation, I plan on working in the area of family law, probate, estate planning, and real estate law. When people are faced with difficult situations arising out of those areas of law it is comforting to know that I will be able to guide them through and, hopefully, ease some of the stress of their situation. I would also like to become a guardian ad litem for children and senior citizens. It is nice to know that our court system has created a system where a neutral party is appointed by the court to ensure that children and senior citizens have someone looking out for their best interests. I would be honored to be one of the lawyers looking out for them.

Grant Richard Ford
Saint Louis University School of Law, Class of 2017
Associated with the Kinmundy Masonic Lodge #398 (Kinmundy, Ill.)

Tricia Halstead
University of Illinois College of Law, Class of 2016
Cornerstone Masonic Lodge #659 (La Habra, Calif.)
I have had a desire to be a trial attorney for as long as I can remember, and that desire has only been intensified upon coming to the University of Illinois College of Law. I am extremely passionate about criminal law, and have always had an idealistic view of justice. Stemming from this passion I plan to return to Southern California and practice criminal prosecution after graduation, helping those who have been wronged and ensuring a fair trial for the accused.

Nana A. Otutua-Amoah
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Class of 2018
After graduating, I plan on working in the areas of child and family law, immigration, and labor and employment law. I am interested in being a child advocate attorney, but specifically, I am interested in using my legal education to support the "unheard" voices of our society. I would like to practice law in Chicago as there are many avenues in which I could gain experience.

Brandi Pikes
Washington University School of Law, Class of 2018
After graduating from law school, I aspire to clerk for a federal judge. After completing a clerkship, I plan to work as an employment and education litigation attorney for a large law firm. I also will continue to serve as an advocate for juvenile justice reform.

James P. H. Stephens
Northwestern University School of Law, Class of 2016
Enfield Lodge #677 (Enfield, Ill.)
I have accepted a summer associate position with an IP boutique in Chicago for 2015. I would like to pursue opportunities in patent law as they become available. I am also interested in the judiciary, with a particular interest in the judge
's role as an evidentiary gatekeeper, ensuring that the parties meet on the level when issues are tried before a jury.

Grant D. Talabay
John Marshall Law School, Classes of 2017 (JD) and 2018 (LLM)

Lombard #1098 (Lombard, Ill.) and Oriental #33 (Chicago, Ill.)
As an active Freemason for over a decade, I have learned that so much has been given to me, and little asked in return. Through art and law, I will repay this favor. Ultimately, I plan to work in academia as a Professor of Law. But currently, I have chosen to earn a J.D. as well as an LLM in Intellectual Property. I plan to use my knowledge of copyright/trademark law to work with Chicago-based visual artists, assisting in copyright, contractual formation, negotiations with dealers and galleries as well as recovery from damage to works or image. I know my labors will be for the greater good of Chicago and all that seek knowledge and beauty.

©2014 The Darlene J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund