Mark Herzog Public Interest Scholarship


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.


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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