The Mark Herzog Public Interest Scholarship

About the 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.

Selection Process & Eligibility

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.

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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About Mark Herzog

Mark Herzog’s legal career 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.

Supporters

Firms/Organizations:

Bench Trail Fund
Covington & Burling
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day Foundation
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Sidley Foundation
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Wiley Rein LLP

Individuals:

Jessica Abrahams
Lise B. Adams*
Jane Belford
Shari Berke
John Beisner
Amy Bess
James Bishop
Angela Boone
Mr. Davis & Ms. Brannan
Diane Brenneman
Shelley Broderick*
G. Brian Busey
Barbara Butterworth
J. Daryl Byler
Kathy* and Dan Clark
Karen Newton Cole
Guy Collier

Daniel Collopy
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
Peter Edelman
Margaret Emery
Marlene Findling
Mary-Christy Fisher
Ron* and Patti Flagg
Ann Ford
Carla Freudenburg
Meredith Fuchs
Patricia Mullahy Fugere*
Eloise Gabriel
Melanie Gerber
Nathalie Gilfoyle
Jamie Gorelick
Thomas Hentoff 
Christopher Herrling
Leslie Herzog, D.O.*
     and Robert Lettman, Esq.
Shirley Ann Higuchi
Susan Hoffman*

Debra Holden
Tom Holzman and Alison
     Drucker
Geoffrey Klineberg
Regina Hopkins
Philip Horton
Ted Howard
Ann Hughes
Andrew and Cheryl Jacobs
John Keeney, Jr.
Adelaide Keith
Michele Keith
Gregg Kelley
Bruce J. Klores
Louis Kolodner
Carolyn Lamm
Paul Lee*
Kristen Lepore
Carolyn Lerner
Greg Levine
Ariel Levinson-Waldman* and
     Rachel Levinson-Waldman
Esther Lim
Deborah Lindenberg
Nancy Lopez
Erin Loubier
Peg Mangan
Andrew H. Marks
Mary Masulla
Patrick McGlone & Kevin Taylor
Fritz and Karen Mulhauser
Faith Mullen
Leah Myers
John Nannes
Amy Nelson

Mark Nielsen
John Nields, Jr.
Thomas Papson
Sczerina Perot
Sheryl Lynn Presser
Joan Rinaldi
Jessica Rosenbaum*
Tiana Russell
Judith Sandalow
James J. Sandman*
Steven Schulman
Cheryl Shafron
Peter Shields
David Simmons
Eleanor Smith
Paul Smith
David Stern
Tab Stewart
Allison St. John
Joan Strand
Rachel Strong
Janet Studley
Kala Shah & Brett Surprenant
TJ Sutcliffe
Misty Thomas Zaleski
Gary Thompson
Maureen Thornton Syracuse*
Rebecca K. Troth*
Jennifer Tschirch
Melissa and Eric Tucker
Imoni Washington
Lydia Watts
Timothy Webster
Diane Weinroth
Judy and Rob Wolfe
Hardy Vieux
Kathy Zeisel

*Founding Donors