The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation recently named Faith Deredge of Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Marcus Gaines-Cherry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh and Samuel “Trey” Manning III of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law in Carlisle as the 2018 James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund award winners. Each recipient received $3,000.
The scholarship was named to memorialize a steadfast supporter of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, James W. (“Jim”) Stoudt, who was instrumental in the creation of the Pennsylvania Bar Trust, where he served in many capacities for more than 40 years. Awarded annually, it provides three $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically designated to support minority law students, to candidates attending any of the nine accredited law schools serving Pennsylvania.
A legal intern for the office of Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Deredge is dedicated to seeking even-handed justice and support of vulnerable populations such as communities of color, the LGBT community and domestic violence survivors as a trial lawyer or prosecutor. She belongs to the Temple Law Political and Civil Rights Society and was its staff editor from 2017-18, the ABA Section of Litigation Minority Trial Lawyer Committee serving as Practice Points editor and Black Law Students Association serving as its vice president from 2017-2018. Deredge also volunteers at the National Lawyers Guild Expungement Clinic.
Gaines-Cherry hopes to continue his work as an advocate in the public sector to ensure all citizens have civil rights and liberties, regardless of their race and socio-economic background. This past summer, he worked with the Education Law Center of Pittsburgh conducting legal research projects and comprehensive memo drafting on a range of education policies. At University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Gaines-Cherry participates in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, University of Pittsburgh Graduate & Professional Student Government, Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation and the Pitt Black Law Student Association. Active in his community, he is involved with Praying Pelican Missions and Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center.
Manning intends to work toward creating fundamental reform of the American criminal justice system by helping to end mass incarceration and changing the current sexual assault procedures. Last summer, he assisted in identifying possible wrongful conviction cases through the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. At Dickinson Law, Manning serves as president of the Black Law Student Association and event chair of the Public Interest Law Fund. He currently volunteers at the Bethesda Mission Expungement Clinic as an expungement coordinator.
The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association For more information on this and other scholarships, visit www.pabarfoundation.org.