Three Savannah Law School Students Accept Scholarships from the Legal Community

December 21, 2017

Three Savannah Law School (SLS) 3L students, Tianna Bias, Erica Drew, and Briana Tookes, were recently awarded scholarships from the local legal community. Each of the students awarded scholarships are integral members of the Savannah Law School community and well-decorated law students. Congratulations to each of you!

Bias, a 3L at Savannah Law School, recently accepted two scholarships, one from the Judicial Section of the Gate City Bar Association and the second from the Georgia Association for Black Women Attorneys (GABWA). The mission of the Gate City Bar Association is to create in the community a practical appreciation for the legal profession; to encourage persons of outstanding promise to attend first rate law schools and return to the communities that need their services most; to oppose arbitrary and capricious laws in our state with all the force and fiber of which we are capable as an organization; to uphold and extend the principles of justice in every phase of American life to the end that no one shall be discriminated against because of color, race, religious beliefs or national origin.* While the mission of GABWA is to nurture, support and galvanize the power of Black women attorneys, advocate for women and children and empower our communities.** Bias was awarded each scholarship following an application process.

Bias is the immediate past President of the Student Bar Association, the Executive Editor of Savannah Law Review, and Executive Editor of The Oak. She is a research assistant for Professor Harpalani and has interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office-Southern District of Georgia, Georgia Legal Services Program-Savannah, and the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Public Defender’s Office. Bias’ favorite SLS moment to date was writing on to Savannah Law Review. She was informed that she had been selected via telephone on April 1, 2016 and her initial response was “Is this an April Fool’s joke?!” Since starting at SLS in Fall 2015, Bias’ favorite courses have been Employment Discrimination and Legal Ethics. In her spare time, Bias enjoys spending time with her husband Bruce Jr. and their son, Bruce III; walking her dogs, Moose and Honey; and cooking. Upon graduation, Bias hopes to remain in the southeast as she practices either criminal, family, contract, or employment law.

Drew, a 3L at Savannah Law School, recently accepted a scholarship from the Gate City Bar Association. The Gate City Bar Association was established in 1948 and is the oldest African-American Bar Association in the State of Georgia.* Drew was awarded the scholarship at the Judicial Section Annual Awards Dinner held in Atlanta following an application process and her selection as recipient.

During her time at SLS, Drew was awarded the John E. Ryan Scholarship; served as the 2016-2018 Research Assistant to Professor Wright, the 2017-2018 Executive Editor of the Savannah Law Review, the 2017 – 2018 Vice President of the American Constitution Society, a member of the 2016- 2018 Moot Court Honor Board and Mock Trial, the  2016-2017 Associate Editor of Savannah Law Review, the 2016 – 2017 Treasurer of  the Student Bar Association, the 2015 – 2016 Treasurer of the Savannah Law Veterans Association. Drew serves as a volunteer for Savannah Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Additionally, she was the Champion of the 2016 Dean Nespica 1L Moot Court Competition. Her favorite courses at SLS have been Federal Criminal Law and Federal Courts.

In the summer of 2016, she interned with the Office of the Circuit Public Defender for the Eastern Judicial Circuit, and in the summer of 2017, she worked as a law clerk for the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Most recently she served as a Judicial Intern to Judge Timothy R. Walmsley at Chatham County Superior Court. Drew has been accepted into the DOJ Honors Program and upon graduation, she will work for the Executive Office of Immigration Review – Office of the Chief Immigration Judge as a Judicial Law Clerk for a two-year term set to begin in September 2018.

Tookes, a 3L at Savannah Law School, was awarded a scholarship by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. The GABWA Foundation provides scholarships to black women attending Georgia law schools to ensure a strong community of black women attorneys in Georgia for years to come.** To secure the scholarship, Tookes submitted an application that included a personal statement showing her academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the profession and community. From there, she was asked to sit for an interview an Atlanta. Following notification that she was selected for the scholarship, she was celebrated at a brunch in Atlanta hosted by the GABWA Foundation. At the brunch, Tookes had the unique opportunity to meet other current members of the organization and hear inspiring words of black women attorneys empowering one another to a commitment to ourselves, the legal profession, and the surrounding community.

Tookes serves as the Co-Lead Student Ambassador, the Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, the Director of Community Service of the Southern Region of Black Law Students Association, the Articles Editor of Savannah Law Review, the Associate Editor of The Oak, and a member of National Women Law Students Organization. She has held internships as a Law Clerk for Georgia Legal Services Program, a Judicial Clerk, and a Law Clerk for Michael G. Hostilo, LLC. Post-graduation this Spring, she hopes to practice Family Law, Torts, and/or Estate law before her ultimate goal of entering the world of academia. Her favorite courses at SLS have been Civil Procedure taught by Professor Harpalani and Constitutional Law taught by Professor Wright. She will leave SLS with her favorite memory being her time spent working for Professor Roberts as her research assistant. At the time, Professor Roberts was in the stages of completing her Treatise on the Law of Remedies and Tookes had the amazing opportunity to watch her give lectures and speeches across the world.


*From the Gate City Bar Association website.

*From the GABWA website.

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