MONTGOMERY, ALA. (November 28, 2011) – Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, located at Faulkner University, has selected the first recipient for its Monica Jordan Public Interest Law Scholarship. The scholarship is named for Monica Jordan, a Montgomery native, who demonstrated heroic persistence and resolve in the wake of losing her daughter to a domestic violence incident and her son in an automobile accident. The scholarship was established through a partnership between Jones School of Law and the law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. The inaugural scholarship was presented to current first-year law student Sebrina Martin on Wednesday, November 30.
The Beasley Allen law firm has partnered with Jones School of Law for many years to provide law students with the resources needed to become stronger advocates in their communities. In 2010, Jones School of Law broke ground on the Allen Law Center, named after Beasley Allen Shareholder and Thomas Goode Jones School of Law alumnus J. Greg Allen. The Allen Law Center provides the school’s existing Domestic Violence Clinic and Elder Law Clinic with the most modern resources and the grandest facilities available at any law school clinic in the region.
The scholarship was established during the filming of the nationally televised program “Extreme Home Makeover,” during which the Jordan family was featured. Beasley Allen Law Firm was a sponsor of the event, and after learning Monica Jordan had always dreamed of attending law school, worked with Faulkner University Jones School of Law to help establish the scholarship. The Monica Jordan Public Interest Law Scholarship will be awarded every year to a Jones law student who has demonstrated community service and plans to practice public interest law upon graduation.
“It seemed like a very natural connection, when we learned about Monica Jordan’s interest in becoming a lawyer, and with our longstanding relationship with Jones School of Law, to help establish this scholarship,” Beasley Allen Managing Shareholder Thomas J. Methvin said. “Mrs. Jordan is such an example of strength and faith, and through this scholarship she will continue to touch other lives for the better.”
Sebrina Martin is a native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and came to Faulkner Law from Evansville, Indiana. Prior to beginning her studies at Faulkner Law, Ms. Martin graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, where she finished her undergraduate education while serving as a remarkable ambassador for the orphan and foster care system. Ms. Martin has demonstrated throughout her life the transformative power of communities in providing for the needs of orphans and foster children. Ms. Martin is the proud mother of six adopted, special needs children. She was named the Evansville Foster Parent of the Year (2005), and is a frequent speaker for the Department of Children’s Services. In order to provide an example and a better life for the seven children Ms. Martin now calls her own, she began seeking a law school that mirrored her own passions about community involvement and servant leadership.
In her application to Jones School of Law, Ms. Martin wrote, “Today my kids do things that no one ever thought they would be able to do. It has been a long and hard road, but a road I would travel with them again and again. I also had my own challenges to face . . . but those hurdles were opportunities for a better future. When faced with adversity, I have risen above the odds.”
Charles Nelson, the Dean of Faulkner Law, adds about Ms. Martin, “Her life prior to law school demonstrates exceptional resolve, compassion, and dedication. The school was first impressed by her conviction evident in her application essay and then further impressed during a personal interview by the humble and genuine demeanor of Ms. Martin. It is our privilege to be able to partner with Sebrina in her legal education and we are confident that she ably embodies the ideals of justice, perseverance, and service to others that the Monica Jordan Scholarship was created to honor.”