Tomisha Stanford graduated magna cum laude from Wicomico High School in 2008. She went on to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2012, graduating with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She most recently graduated in 2016 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she earned her Doctor of Law (J.D.).
In October, 2016, Stanford received the individual recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award. This prestigious award recognizes a student who has excelled in participation and support of a civil pro bono or legal aid program or involved in the development of a civil pro bono program to satisify previously unmet civil legal needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population.
Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, bilingual staff attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program, nominated Stanford for the individual award who cited "Tomisha's demonstration of an intention and commitment to dedicate her career to individuals in civil matters (beginning) with a 2011 study abroad experience in Morocco, (where she) reinforced her decision to become an attorney and fostered a desire to help those who otherwise may not be able to help themselves."
Stanford also studied abroad in Costa Rica during the summer of 2014 and interned with the Center for Justice and International Law, a non-governmental, non-profit organization that protects and promotes human rights in the Americas. In the fall of 2014, Stanford volunteered with the Georgia Legal Services Program's Macon Regional Office and in the fall of 2015 worked with Mercer Law Professor Sara Gerwig-Moore on pro se cases pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia through the Habeas Project, a clinic offered by Mercer Law.
The Pro Bono Awards were highlighted at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Georgia in mid-June at Amelia Island, Fla., and in the August 2016 edition of the Georgia Bar Journal.The award was officially presented to Stanford during the annual Pro Bono Awards Reception in October at the Bar Center in Atlanta.
Stanford is currently attenting Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law where she will graduate in 2017 with her Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree in International Human Rights Law.
"My ability to merge my love for foreign languages and passion for the law has followed me in various endeavors from my undergraduate studies to the present,” said Stanford. “I hope to have future opportunities that will permit me to combine my formal legal training and multilingual skills so that I may be of greater service to the community and help improve access to justice for underrepresented groups."
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