October 6, 2011
CUNY Law is proud to announce the first endowment for a summer fellowship and the first endowment for a scholarship at CUNY School of Law, both of which are made possible by the generosity of the Honorable Bryanne Hamill (’90) and Thomas Hamill.
The Hamills are longstanding supporters of the Law School, offering scholarships to Pipeline students and summer fellowships. “By establishing these endowments, the Hamills have made an indelible mark on CUNY Law,” said CUNY Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson.
A retired Judge of the New York Family Court, Judge Hamill is widely recognized for her exemplary work in the New York City courts on behalf of children and families. She was recently called out of retirement to preside over a model court serving youth transitioning out of foster care. A member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors, Judge Hamill has also developed a seminar on family law, which she has taught at CUNY.
To move their vision forward in support of our social justice work and access mission, the Hamills have contributed $100,000 to CUNY Law to establish the Hamill Family Fellowship Fund. In conjunction with CUNY Law’s Scholarship Committee, the Fund will award summer fellowships to outstanding CUNY Law students working in the area of children’s rights. Specifically, the endowment will provide an annual $5,000 summer stipend to a first- or second-year student who will work with or for New York City children who are at risk or in state custody. The Hamills will also dedicate a space in CUNY Law’s new building at 2 Court Square as the Hamill Family Clinic Conference Room on the fifth floor.
“Through this endowed fellowship, we hope to expose students to the pressing public interest work on behalf of NYC’s most vulnerable youth and children while making meaningful differences in their lives,” said Judge Hamill in making the gift.
The $5,000 summer fellowship is open to first- and second- year CUNY Law students who will work with or for New York City children who are at risk or in state custody. Interested students may apply for the fellowship by completing the CUNY Law Summer Fellowship Application, which is accessible through the Office of Student Affairs.
The Hamills have also created the Luis Sanjurjo Scholarship Fund, the first endowed scholarship fund at CUNY Law. A graduate of Oxford and Harvard Law and a professor at Medgar Evers, Professor Sanjurjo had a major impact on Tom’s life. The scholarship is named in Sanjurjo’s memory in the hope, Tom writes, “that its recipients will strive to emulate Luis’s many virtues; and that other direct and indirect beneficiaries of his generosity will honor his memory by contributing to it.”
The Hamills’ vision is to grow the Sanjurjo endowment to help diversify the legal profession by identifying students from the CUNY system and the New York City area, particularly students of color, to attend and benefit from the premiere public interest law school in the nation. The Sanjurjo Scholarship will provide recipients with a partial tuition reimbursement. Read Tom Hamill’s tribute to Luis Sanjurjo here.
“Both Bryanne and Tom are committed to diversifying the legal profession and providing opportunities for students across New York City to benefit from the CUNY college system. Their commitment to supporting access to education and opportunities to foster greater social justice is outstanding,” said Dean Anderson. “Their leadership in making these generous gifts will make a critical difference in the lives of our students,” she added.