Mark Herzog Public Interest Scholarship

Overview

The Mark Herzog Public Interest Scholarship was created to support and provide mentorship to a current law student who has demonstrated a deep commitment to uplifting and serving the most vulnerable residents of the District of Columbia through civil legal services. Mark passed away on November 13, 2021—this scholarship was set up in his honor.

Partnership with the UDC Law

The law students selected for this scholarship will be enrolled at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, the only public law school located in the District of Columbia. UDC Law is well-known and highly ranked nationally for its commitment to public interest and clinical education. The scholarship will be administered by the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation.

Selection Process

UDC Law students who complete at least two-thirds of their legal education are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In addition to a commitment to practicing public interest law in the District of Columbia, students must demonstrate a high level of academic success and financial need. Eligible applicants will be reviewed/interviewed by a subcommittee of the Scholarship Committee, made up of some of Mark’s colleagues, friends, and family. The committee will recommend a scholarship recipient to the Dean of UDC Law, who will make the final determination of the scholarship recipient.

Mentorship

In addition to a significant monetary award, the scholarship recipient will receive individualized, high-quality mentorship to support their career development as a legal services attorney in D.C. The mentorship program will be well-tailored to the recipient’s background and interests after consultation with the recipient and members of the D.C. public interest community.

About Mark Herzog

Mark Herzog’s legal careers spanned over three decades and touched thousands of lives in the District of Columbia, from low or no-income residents to legal services colleagues and volunteers. His experiences included two decades working for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, where he rose to be associate director. Mark joined Sidley Austin LLP in 2017, where he served as pro bono counsel until his death.

Throughout his storied career, Mark was selected for numerous leadership positions, including as a commissioner with both the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Commission on Human Rights.

Award Cycle

Applications for the Mark Herzog Public Interest Scholarship will be available in the fall of 2022, with the goal of awarding the first scholarship of $10,000 to a recipient during the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Supporters

Firms/Organizations:

Arent Fox
Bench Trail Fund
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Covington & Burling
Crowell & Moring LLP 
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day Foundation
Mayer Brown
McKinney & Figini
Morgan Lewis Foundation
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Sidley Foundation
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
The Family Law Group of Feldesman Tucker
Wiley Rein LLP

Individuals:

Jessica Abrahams
Lise B. Adams*
Renata Aguilera-Titus
Kwaku Akowuah
Eric Angel
IV Ashton
Nicole Austin-Hillery
Louis Bayard
Jane Belford
Shari Berke
John Beisner
Amy Bess
James Bishop
Angela Boone
Mr. Davis & Ms. Brannan
Diane Brenneman
Shelley Broderick*
Daniel Bruner
G. Brian Busey
Barbara Butterworth
J. Daryl Byler
Kathy* and Dan Clark
Karen Newton Cole
Guy Collier
Daniel Collopy
Penny Corcoran
Christopher Costa* and Grant Herzog
Cynthia Costa
Melissa, Erik, Trevor & Leah Costa
David Cox
John C. Cruden
Karen Dale
David DeBruin
Stephen Dempsey
Lisa Dewey*
Erica Dominitz
Stephanie Doucette
Nancy Drane* and Dana Colarulli
Stephanie Duncan-Peters
Peter Edelman
Margaret Emery
Robert Falk
Marlene Findling
Mary-Christy Fisher
Ron* and Patti Flagg
Marc Fleischaker
Ann Ford
Jason S. Forman & Brett A. Snyder
Carla Freudenburg
Howard Friedman
Meredith Fuchs
Patricia Mullahy Fugere*
Eloise Gabriel
Melanie Gerber

Nathalie Gilfoyle
Jamie Gorelick
Karen Grisez
Vanita Gupta and Chinh Le
Paul Hemmersbaugh
Thomas Hentoff 
Christopher Herrling
Leslie Herzog, D.O.* and Robert Lettman, Esq.
Shirley Ann Higuchi
Susan Hoffman*
Debra Holden
Tom Holzman and Alison Drucker
Kim Keenan
Phyllis Klawsky
Geoffrey Klineberg
Regina Hopkins
Philip Horton
Ted Howard
Ann Hughes
John Jacob
Andrew and Cheryl Jacobs
Kira Jarratt
Richard Jerome
Kim Keenan

John Keeney, Jr.
Adelaide Keith
Michele Keith
Gregg Kelley
Phyllis Klawsky
Laura Klein
Bruce J. Klores
Louis Kolodner
Carolyn Lamm
Paul Lee*
Charlie Lemley
Kristen Lepore
Carolyn Lerner
Greg Levine
Ariel Levinson-Waldman* and Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Esther Lim
Deborah Lindenberg
Nancy Lopez
Erin Loubier
Peg Mangan
Susan Esserman and Andrew H. Marks
Mary Masulla
Darryl Maxwell
Patrick McGlone & Kevin Taylor
Terrell McSweeny
Darrell Mottley
Fritz and Karen Mulhauser
Faith Mullen
Leah Myers
John Nannes
Amy Nelson

Mark Nielsen
John Nields, Jr.
Mark O’Brien
Deanne M Ottaviano
Lauren Paley
Thomas Papson
Sczerina Perot
Carter Phillips
Sheryl Lynn Presser
Maribeth Raffinan
Joan Rinaldi
Jessica Rosenbaum*
Tiana Russell
Judith Sandalow
James J. Sandman*
Steven Schulman
Virginia Seitz
Cheryl Shafron
Peter Shields
Andrew Shoyer
David Simmons
Eleanor Smith
Paul Smith
W. Mark Smith
David Stern
Tab Stewart
Allison St. John
Joan Strand
Rachel Strong
Janet Studley
Kala Shah & Brett Surprenant
TJ Sutcliffe
Gary Thompson
Maureen Thornton Syracuse*
Rebecca K. Troth*
Jennifer Tschirch
Melissa and Eric Tucker
Suzanne Turner
Hardy Vieux
James Villa
Gwendolyn Washington
Imoni Washington
Lydia Watts
Timothy Webster
Diane Weinroth
Judy and Rob Wolfe
Misty Thomas Zaleski
Kathy Zeisel
Morena Zelaya

*Founding Donors