A Widener Law first-year student and a 2013 graduate were recognized recently with honors from the Keystone Bar Association, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the careers and community service of minority attorneys in central Pennsylvania.
First-year law student Rachelle Cecala received the organization’s Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. Scholarship. The award is given to a minority law student attending a central Pennsylvania law school who demonstrates financial need, academic achievement and potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession.
Cecala, of Frederick, Md., began her studies on Widener’s Harrisburg campus in August. She is the daughter of Anthony and Maria Cecala of Frederick.
Alumna Rachel Hadrick, who graduated from Widener’s Harrisburg campus in May, received the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, a three-year annual stipend awarded to minority law school graduates who choose to live and practice law in central Pennsylvania.
Hadrick, of Harrisburg, Pa., works as an associate at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Harrisburg. She is the daughter of Joseph and Loretta Hadrick of Norristown, Pa.
The honors were given at a dinner Oct. 22 held at the Dauphin County Bar Association. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin was the event keynote speaker. Pamela F. Cross, immediate past president of the Keystone Bar Association and current chair of its scholarship committee, presented the awards.
“The Keystone Bar Association is committed to building the pipeline for diversity in the legal profession in central Pennsylvania by awarding the Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. Scholarship and the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship to outstanding minority law students and graduates,” Cross said. “I congratulate our 2013 award recipients, Ms. Cecala and Ms. Hadrick, and honor them for their stellar accomplishments.”