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August 1, 2014
Diversity Scholarship ceremony participants

THE SARASOTA COUNTY BAR recently presented the Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship to Adekemi Akinwole of Barry University Law School; Colton Castro of the University of Florida College of Law; Medisa Memic of Stetson College of Law; and Tamara Williams of Thomas M. Cooley College of Law. The Diversity Scholarship Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 2006, and provides qualified law students from minority backgrounds with internship training while employed at law firms or government agencies in Sarasota. Recipients are selected based on merit and need. Up to $5,000 is awarded toward the tuition of each diversity intern. For 10 weeks this summer, the diversity interns are employed by the the Office of the State Attorney (Akinwole); Maglio Christopher Toale, P.A. (Colton); McIntyre, Pansarella, Thanasides et al., (Memic); and the Luhrsen Law Group (Williams). From the left are Judge David Denkin, Adekemi Akinwole, Patrick Songy, Earl Young, manager of scholarships, Community Foundation of Sarasota, Tamara Williams, Colton Castro, Tonya Willis Pitts, Judge Charles Williams, Medisa Memic, Ilyas Sayeg, Altom Maglio, and Judge Rochelle Curley. To learn more about the Diversity Program of the SCBA, contact Daniel Strader at For more information about the SCBA, contact Jan Jung, executive director at

[Revised: 04-05-2017]