The Association of Administrative Law Judges Scholarship Awarded to Public Law Students

Judge Dale Glendening and AALJ scholarship recipients Matthew Bernstein and Monica Newcomer Miller

Judge Dale Glendening and AALJ scholarship recipients Matthew Bernstein and Monica Newcomer Miller

The University of New Mexico School of Law is pleased to announce that Matthew Bernstein and Monica Newcomer Miller received the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ) Scholarship. The two $2,500 scholarships were awarded at a luncheon banquet on October 3, 2013.

The Association of Administrative Law Judges annually awards this scholarship to law students who have an interest in pursuing a career in public law. The AALJ identifies law school(s) within the proximity of its annual conference venue and gives a scholarship to a student or students in good academic standing.

The AALJ scholarship was established in honor and memory of Belle Cummins, an attorney and former member the firm of Kyros and Cummins, a lobbying firm that represented the AALJ with various congressional legislative issues. Prior to becoming a lobbyist, Cummins had a distinguished career as a legal services lawyer, an advocate for women’s issues, and a Congressional staff member.

Third year student Matthew Bernstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Eastern Religion and American History from Columbia University and a Masters of Arts in United States History from the University of New Mexico. Prior to attending law school, Bernstein worked as a high school teacher in Albuquerque, NM. During his time in law school, Bernstein has worked as a writing tutor and was a research assistant to Professor Yael Cannon providing research support in her work on child welfare issues. Currently, Bernstein serves as the director of the school’s financial literacy pipeline program for low-income high school students and works part-time as a law clerk at Pegasus Legal Services for Children.

Bernstein is developing a proposal for a fellowship that would help provide free civil legal services in education and special education to at risk youth and youth in the juvenile justice system. Bernstein’s experience working as a teacher has fed his passion for working in public interest law, specializing in advocating for youth from low-income and underserved communities.

Second year student Monica Newcomer Miller holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University. Over the past ten years, Newcomer Miller has gained social work and advocacy experience assisting women, children, and families through the immigration legal process. Newcomer Miller also works part-time as a law clerk at Noble & Vrapi P.A.

Newcomer Miller serves as the Vice President of the Association of Public Interest Law. In this role, she is responsible for fundraising to support public interest fellowships interested in pursuing public service. Upon graduation, Newcomer Miller looks forward to continuing her career in public service serving marginalized communities.

November 5, 2013