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Magali Duque L’22 is awarded a Pennsylvania Bar Foundation scholarship

March 07, 2022

The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship is given annually to up to three students attending one of Pennsylvania’s accredited law schools.

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation has named Magali Duque L’22 as a recipient of the 2021 James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship memorializes James W. “Jim” Stoudt, who was instrumental in the creation of the Pennsylvania Bar Trust, and offers up to three $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically designated to support minority law students, to candidates attending any of the nine accredited law schools serving Pennsylvania.

“I am incredibly grateful to have been selected as a James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship recipient by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Foundation,” said Duque. “This scholarship is truly impactful, and I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the Scholarship Committee and the Foundation’s generous donors. My law school experience has been positively shaped by my peers, my BLSA community, academic mentors including Professor of Law and History Serena Mayeri, Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law Tobias Wolff, and Sharswood Fellow Brittany Farr, as well as Ms. Paula and Former Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion Monica Monroe, who have supported me throughout my challenges and successes. I am so grateful for their support. I owe all my experiences to the grit and sacrifice of my mother and grandmother, who have courageously and tirelessly worked so hard to support all of my endeavors. I would not be in this position without them.”

Duque’s inspiration to advance financial and racial equity through the law arose from her family history, her experiences mentoring for Women and Youth Supporting Each other (WYSE), and from growing up among neighbors from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

At the Law School, she serves as Online Managing Editor for Volume 170 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and Student Representative on the Faculty Appointments Committee. She previously served as a 2L CSR Representative (Student Government), Co-Vice President of DEI for the Penn Law Women’s Association, and Executive Board Member for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), through which she launched the Financial Equity Project and proposed, and successfully advocated with BLSA, for three full-tuition Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholarships.

Duque received a BA in History from Stanford University and an MS in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She plans to begin her law career in employment litigation and consumer law, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Elizabeth Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

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