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“And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long. With courage, born of success achieved in the past, with a keen sense of the responsibility which we shall continue to assume, we look forward to a future large with promise and hope. Seeking no favors because of our color, nor patronage because of our needs, we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance.”
~ Mary Church Terrell

The Judicial Friends Association, Inc. is an organization founded in 1976 by local, state and federal African-American judges in the State of New York committed to achieving social and racial justice through law and service to the community.


To advance these aims, the Judicial Friends Association mentors law students, offers judicial internships, educates the community to improve understanding of the rule of law, and provides scholarships to deserving law students.


The 2022 Commitment to Justice Program provides annual scholarships to successful law student applicants who demonstrate passion and commitment to issues of social and racial justice. The Judicial Friends will award two $3,000.00 scholarships for 2022.


Current second (2L) year and third (3L) year law students in a Juris Doctor program at an ABA accredited law school in New York State or NYS residents attending law school outside of New York State who are currently enrolled for the 2022-2023 academic year are eligible to apply. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates academic excellence, community service, and a passion for justice.


Applicants must complete and submit the application no later than November 22, 2021. Or, download and complete the PDF Application and email it to: