Courtney Lewis, a third year student at Penn State Dickinson Law in Carlisle, is the recipient of the second Louise Hoffmeyer-Overmiller Scholarship, a $6,000 annual award created by Dickinson School of Law alumnus William F. Hoffmeyer, Hoffmeyer & Semmelman LLC in York and Shrewsbury. The scholarship was founded in honor and in memory of Mr. Hoffmeyer’s daughter “Louie,” whose vigor, good humor and inner drive were on display daily as the law firm’s office manager and vice-president and title officer for the York Abstracting Company.
The Louise Hoffmeyer-Overmiller Scholarship is presented to a 3L Dickinson Law student who possesses a grade point average of no less than 3.3, financial need and a “fire in the belly” for the law.
The first in her family to graduate from college and attend law school, Ms. Lewis is committed to public interest work and challenging injustices that permeate the criminal legal system. Last summer, she interned at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, a non-profit corporation based in Philadelphia helping to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit, and this summer she worked on appeals for people convicted of murder and sentenced to death at the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs in Austin, Texas.
At Dickinson Law, she is associate editor of Dickinson Law Review, the Dickinson School of Law liaison for the Carlisle Borough Council and the class of 2019 representative for the Diversity and Educational Equity Committee. In addition, Ms. Lewis served as the 2017-18 treasurer of the Black Law Student Association, 2017-18 vice president of fundraising for the Public Interest Law Fund, a tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and a trained legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild of Central Pa. In 2017, she was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the Black Law Student Association.
Ms. Lewis graduated with honors from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. in 2012, receiving a B.A. in International Relations.
The Louise Hoffmeyer-Overmiller Scholarship is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The Foundation’s Named Scholarship Program works with individual attorneys and legal organizations to realize unique charitable interests that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission to improve the public’s understanding of the law and to strengthen the network of attorneys working to ensure that Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the legal system, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit www.pabarfoundation.org.