James Vanzant named 23rd Jack Carey Scholar

The Jack Carey Scholarship Selection committee met on November 19th to discuss the applicants for the Winter/Spring 2010 Award.  The committee, consisting of local president K. S. Galhotra, Melissa Smejkal, Michael Morrissey, Viola Rouse, Hon. Paul Stralka, Daniel Kiss,and David C. Thomas voted and chose James Vanzant as the winner.

James was clerking over the summer at 26th Street with Dena Singer, Bryan Bowen and Antoinette Weston in Judge Rickey Jones’ courtroom.  As a 711 law student, James was able to do motions, hearings and trials in a felony courtroom under the supervision of local members.   Says James, “I found my summer experience with the Office so rewarding and beneficial that I stayed on as a volunteer intern during the school year, and I intend to continue to do so next semester.”  Last year, James externed for Judge Guzman at the Northern District of Illinois.  James is our first former Marine, an officer who served two combat tours in Iraq.  Fluent in Arabic, James is expecting his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in May, 2010.

James becomes the 23rd recipient of the  scholarship named in memory of Jack Carey,  former member of the homicide task force and president of local 3315.

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  1. Posted November 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    This young man sounds like a very accomplished and deserving recipient of this award. Good for him.

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