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Monica Davis (`13) and Tara Kinman (`11) have been awarded 2011 scholarships from the Tonali Legal Alliance of Women, a Las Cruces-based organization that supports and promotes women in their legal careers, whether they are training to become paralegals or lawyers.
Davis grew up in Albuquerque's South Valley and comes from a family with roots that extend hundreds of years in New Mexico. She is the first in her family of eight siblings to attend graduate school, or law school. "I hope I can lead by example and be a good role model for them and for the other youth of Albuquerque," she said.
At the UNM School of Law, Davis is the incoming vice president of the Black Law Students Association. She plans to use the scholarship for expenses this summer while she works as an extern with Pegasus Legal Services for Children, an Albuquerque nonprofit.
Kinman will use the scholarship to help cover living expenses while studying for the bar exam in July. At the UNM School of Law, she was on the editorial board of the New Mexico Law Review and received clinical honors. She also was a member of the Women's Law Caucus.
"I appreciate and admire women's legal groups such as the Tonali Legal Alliance of Women that are devoted to advancing women in the legal profession," said Kinman, who earned her bachelor's degree at New Mexico State University and would enjoy practicing law there if an opportunity presented itself.
The Tonali alliance is made up of lawyers, judges, court staff, court interpreters, legal secretaries
May 26, 2011