2016 Scholarship Recipients

We congratulate our 2016 scholarship recipients
and all their accomplishments!

Liani Balasuriya – Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Liani Balasuriya [NW]

  • Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut
  • Law School: Liani is a 3L at Northwestern, where she ranks at the top of her class and serves as a member of the Law Review.  Liani also served as the President of the Women’s Leadership Coalition, one of the law school’s largest and most active organizations, as well as a member of the Officer of Diversity Education & Outreach’s Diversity Group Leaders.   Liani plans to stay in Chicago after graduation to practice general litigation or corporate restructuring legal work.




Kaitlin Beck – The University of Chicago Law School

Kaitlin Beck [U of C]

  • Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Kaitlin is a 3L at U of C where she is a member of the Law Review, and is actively involved with several student groups. As President of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Kaitlin dedicated significant time and effort to educate and raise awareness of topics affecting reproductive justice and criminal justice, disability rights, and constitutional rights, and served as a mentor to 1L students. Kaitlin is also involved with the Public Interest Law Society and serves on the University of Chicago Dean’s Advisory Board.  After graduation, Kaitlin hopes to become a successful appellate litigator with a national rights organization.



Alisha Chambers – Chicago-Kent College of Law

Alisha Chambers [Kent]

  • Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
  • Alisha is a 3L at Kent, where she ranks in the top 20% of her class and served on the Law Review and is a current member of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. Alisha is deeply committed to public interest and diversity initiatives, and serves as the Mentorship Chair of the Women in Law Society and as a member of the Black Law Students Association and volunteers at the Self-Help Web Center at the Daley Center.  Alisha hopes to practice family law or work as an employment attorney.



Ashley Davis – Northern Illinois University College of Law

Ashley Davis [NIU]

  • Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
  • Ashley is a 3L at NIU where she is ranked second in her class, and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. Ashley serves as a representative for the Professionalism and Ethics Society, as a tutor for NIU”s Academic Success Program, and as a mother to a beautiful daughter.  Ashley is passionate about helping abused women and children.  After graduation, Ashley plans to practice in the Rockford area, and hopes to assist women in navigating the complicated DCFS system.




Sharifa Heath – The John Marshall Law School

Sharifa Heath [John Marshall]

  • Hometown: Miami, Florida
  • Sharifa is a 3L at John Marshall, where she serves as President of the Black Law Students Association, member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Council, and mentor and mock trial coach to several 1L students. Sharifa has been in the top 30% of her class through her entire law school career, and hopes to work for the Public Defender’s officer so she can advocate for individuals who are disadvantaged.






Megan McKisson – University of Illinois College of Law

Megan McKisson [UofI]

  • Hometown: League City, Texas
  • Law School: Liani is a 3L at U of I,  where she ranks in the top 25% of her class, and serves as an Editor for the Elder Law Journal.  Megan is passionate about promoting diversity initiatives and serving as a strong role model for other women at the University of Illinois community.  Megan served on the Outreach Committee for the Women’s Law Society and as a peer mentor to incoming 1L students.   Megan also volunteers her time to serve as the primary advisor to the Delta Gamma chapter at the University of Illinois.  After graduation Megan hopes to pursue a career in complex commercial litigation.




Lark Mulligan – DePaul University College of Law

Lark Mulligan [DePaul]

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lark is a 3L at DePaul where she ranks first in her class with a GPA of 3.97 / 4.0. Lark was inspired to attend law school after completing an internship at the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, a volunteer-run organization that provides free, holistic, gender-affirming legal services and non-legal advocacy for poor and low-income transgender people.  Lark was asked to join TJLP’s leadership, devotes 20 hours per week to the organization while attending law school full time, and is a member of its Board of Directors.   Lark is deeply committed to pursuing a career in Trans Law where she can provide holistic legal services for transgender women living in poverty.


Leslie Riekenberg – Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Leslie Riekenberg [Loyola]

  • Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Leslie is a 3L at Loyola, where she ranks in the top 10% of her class, served as an associate editor of Loyola’s International Law Review, and as a member of the international arbitration team. Leslie spent two and a half years in East Africa working to develop and manage social and educational programs for women.  This experience has motivated Leslie to pursue a career in public interest and international law.




Lisa Scott – Southern Illinois University School of Law

Lisa Scott [SIU]

  • Hometown: Sterling, Virginia
  • Lisa is a 3L at SIU. As a joint J.D. / M.B.A. student, Lisa is in the top 11% of her class, while still maintaining a part-time job as a law clerk and serving as member of the law review.  Lisa has been intimately involved with volunteering with the St. Joseph School for the Disabled in Swaziland, Africa, where she works to educate teachers about the importance of physical activity of children to help their development.  As a former collegiate athlete, Lisa hopes to work for the NCAA after graduation.




2015 Scholarship Recipients with Lisa Madigan

2015 Scholarship Recipients with Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General


Interested applicants should inquire with the Dean of their law school regarding nomination for the scholarship.