Cohen & Jaffe, a law firm that represents individuals in personal injury and employment law disputes throughout the New York metro area, awarded scholarship money to five students who are about to enter their first year of college. Winners were selected from a pool of entrants who wrote original essays on one of two topics dealing with medical malpractice and altruism.
“At The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, we appreciate the value of higher education and the doors of opportunity it opens for young people,” said Richard S. Jaffe, an attorney and one of the firm’s named partners. “It is our honor to recognize the potential of such bright students and assist them with paying the cost of furthering their academic goals.”
The winners of the 2017 College Scholarship Program were:
– Juan Suarez, First Place. Suarez, a student at Freedom High School in Orlando, Fla., won a $1,000 scholarship for his essay that highlighted the need for better data collection about cases of medical malpractice. He suggested independent oversight as one way to help curb the nation’s medical malpractice crisis.
– Dane Dunnavan, Runner-Up. Dunnavan, a student at The Geneva School in Orlando, Fla., won a $500 scholarship for his essay about his Eagle Scout project that involved renovating a motel to create a community food pantry.
– Julia Greenspan, Honorable Mention. Greenspan, a student at Clarkstown High School North in New City, N.Y., won a $250 scholarship for her essay that relayed a story about her work with local EMTs on an emergency call.
– Sarah Simon, Honorable Mention. Simon, a student at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Ill., won a $250 scholarship for her essay about a middle school student she tutored and how she befriended him and helped him deal with bullying.
– Ariel Glosson, Honorable Mention. Glosson, a student at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C., won a $250 scholarship for her essay about her humanitarian aid trip to Nicaragua during spring break.
“This year’s honorees displayed an impressive degree of insight, compassion and strength of character,” Jaffe said. “We are inspired by their past achievements and their future plans. Our firm is humbled by the opportunity to help them on their way forward in life.”
Applicants were required to submit an original essay totaling at least 500 words, but no more than 750, on one of the following topics:
– At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we truly value being able to help others after they have been injured whether it be due to personal injury or medical malpractice. Describe a time you drastically impacted someone else and improved their life.
– Whether it be from a critical error made during a procedure, or not paying attention, there are a number of reasons why patients are harmed or injured at medical facilities every day in the U.S. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, we fight for justice when someone is harmed. Considering your research, what guidelines would you develop to ensure safety precautions are adhered to at medical facilities? What needs to be changed to protect patients? Tell us your ideas.
The top essays were selected by a panel of judges, and the winners were chosen based on online voting. This year marked the third time the firm has conducted the scholarship competition.
About the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP takes pride in providing personalized, compassionate, aggressive and effective legal services to personal injury victims on Long Island and throughout the New York City metro area. The firm handles a wide range of employment law, personal injury and wrongful death cases, including car accidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice and premises liability. The firm’s office is located on Long Island at 2001 Marcus Avenue, W295, Lake Success, NY 11042. For more information, call Cohen & Jaffe at 516-358-6900 or fill out an online contact form.