Sinsheimer Service Scholarship Essay

Class of 2018

Victoria Yee

Victoria Yee is proud to be the daughter of a Vietnam War boat refugee and a Taiwanese immigrant.  Victoria was born and raised in the heart of Little Saigon in Westminster, CA.  She graduated Stanford University as a first generation college student in 2013, earning a MA in Sociology and a BA in Asian American Studies.  At Stanford, Victoria was deeply involved in campus organizing and community outreach. 

After graduation, Victoria interned at the Orange County Public Defender's office and worked as a legal assistant at a plaintiff's side employment law firm. She also served as a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Zhiben, Taiwan. 

At NYU Law, Victoria has interned with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Legal Aid at Work, and ACLU - Orange County.  She is currently part of the NYU Law Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic.  After law school, Victoria hopes to continue working with and advocating for immigrants and workers. 

Class of 2019

Sean Eagan

Sean joins the NYU law student body after three years working in direct social services as a wrap care coordinator. In this role, Sean served the ten highest need students at a Washington, DC middle school, guiding them and their families through wraparound, an intensive case management and care planning process. Using a “families know best” approach, Sean worked with a variety of DC agencies, systems and mental health providers to ensure that children and their families received appropriate interventions, made progress toward their life goals, and avoided further sanctions from school, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. Sean was first inspired to pursue a career in direct service while serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member. Working at the same school he would later serve in as a wrap care coordinator, Sean worked as a teacher’s assistant during the school day, a mentor during lunch time, and a tutor afterschool. Prior to joining City Year, Sean earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts. As an attorney, Sean will continue in a direct service role, working for clients who need but cannot afford representation in civil legal matters. Through this work, he will continue to fight for his country’s poorest citizens, ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are met. Sean hopes to one day take these experiences into the policy arena, advocating for a broader social safety net that is created by and responsive to the citizens it seeks to protect.

Class of 2020

Amy Joseph 

Amy Joseph '20 was blessed to be raised in New York and Florida, always surrounded by diverse communities of immigrants. This spurred in her a love for languages, and she majored in Spanish and minored in Linguistics at the University of Florida as an undergraduate. She then went on to pursue a Master’s in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also taught English as a Second Language night classes. Working with mostly adults of Mexican descent, she was inspired to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico and learn more about her students’ culture as well as the immigration-related issues many of them faced. In Mexico, she volunteered at a migrants’ shelter as well as other organizations that worked with immigrants in Mexico City around issues of employment and housing.

Upon coming back to New York, Amy continued teaching adults but within an employment agency that worked with individuals receiving public assistance. Struck by how much her students’ civil and criminal legal issues impacted their education and employment, Amy decided to transition to the legal field as a paralegal with The Door. At The Door, Amy focuses on coordinating The Door’s coverage of the Unaccompanied Minors’ Surge docket, which is a docket composed of young people in expedited removal proceedings. She also works to connect young people in deportation proceedings with attorneys and help them pursue humanitarian relief. Amy is motivated to study law to be able to continue to work with the young people and adults that have so inspired her as they break down barriers to reach their full potential.


Jean-Luc Adrien '17 - Law Graduate, Family Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders

Annie Carney '16 (bio) - Attorney, Family Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders (bio)

Diane Johnston ' 15 - Staff Attorney & Kirkland and Ellis Fellow, Domestic Violence Consumer Advocacy Project,  The Legal Aid Society

Rachel Hoerger '14 - Bay Area Legal Aid 

Jesse Rockoff '14 (bio) - Staff Attorney, Unlocal

Amanda Sen '12 (bio) - Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, NYU School of Law

Kosha Tucker '11 - Attorney, DeKalb County Office of the Public Defender

Sara Anne Zier '10 - Staff Attorney, TeamChild

Russell Curtiss Crane '09 - Staff Attorney, Tenants Rights Campaign, Bronx Neighborhood Office, Legal Aid Society

Ryan Downer '08 (bio) - Associate, Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC

Ani Mason '07 (bio) - Matrimonial Attorney and Mediator, Mason Law & Mediation, LLC

Gabe Freiman '06 (bio) - Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal '05 (bio) - Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Sonja Shield '05 - President, Legal Services Staff Association 2320

Isaac Wheeler '03 (bio) - Attorney, Federal Defenders of New York

Claudia Flores '02 (bio) -  Assistant Clinical Professor of Law & Director, International Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School

Jessica Marcus '01 (bio) - Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services

Benjamin Wizner '00 (bio) - Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

Lisa Hoyes '99 (bio) - Assistant Dean for Public Service, NYU School of Law

Maisel Rodriquez-Vars '98 (bio) - Executive Director, Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence

Joanne Lin '97 (bio) - Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU

Christopher Meade '96 (bio) - Chief Legal Officer, BlackRock


Applicants are invited to apply for any or all of the public service scholarships that fit their interests and goals: the Root-Tilden-Kern, Filomen M. D’Agostino for Women and Children, Filomen M. D'Agostino in Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and/or Criminial Justice, Jacobson Public Service for Women, Children and Families, the Lindemann Family Public Service, and the Sinsheimer Service. Because deferrals are rarely granted, it is strongly suggested that you apply in the year in which you intend to enroll in law school.

In addition to completing all of the JD application, scholarship applicants must:

  • Submit at leastone additional letter of recommendationthat addresses your commitment to public service.  If one of your two letters of recommendation directly addresses your public service commitment, you may choose not to submit a third letter of recommendation and instead indicate which letter you would like to also serve as your public service letter.
  • Supplement your admissions personal statement with a short public service essay not to exceed 750 words. Discuss your public service commitment and goals and the factors that have most significantly influenced them, or any other aspects you consider relevant to your qualification for the scholarship(s). If your admissions statement directly addresses your public service commitment, you may choose not to submit a separate essay and instead indicate on the admissions statement that you would like it to also serve as your public service essay.



    If you are applying for the Lindemann Family Public Service Scholarship, please describe your interest in providing legal services or criminal defense to those who cannot otherwise afford representation. If you are applying for the Sinsheimer Service Scholarship, you should use this opportunity to discuss your interest in civil legal services. If you are applying for the Jacobson Public Service Scholarship for Women, Children and Families, or the Filomen M. D’Agostino Scholarship for Women and Children, please discuss your interest in issues of concern to women and children. If you are applying for the Filomen M. D'Agostino Scholarship in Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and/or Criminal Justice, you should write about your interest in civil rights, civil liberties, and/or criminal justice.
  • Read and acknowledge the appropriate statements in the Scholarship Programs Section 11 of the JD application. Here, you can choose to apply to one or more of the scholarships.
  • Attach your public service essay to your JD application. Please clearly identify your scholarship essay. If you are admitted to the Law School, your entire admissions application will be submitted to the Root-Tilden-Kern Selection Committee.
  • Complete your entire application by January 01, 2018. Those who are selected for interviews will be notified between February and mid-March. Interviews will be conducted at NYU Law on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Scholarship offers will be made shortly after the interviews. Finalists will be expected to respond within three business days to these offers, as early as Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Applicants therefore should plan to attend other schools’ admitted student days, and gather whatever other information they need, in order to make a decision about the scholarship as early as Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

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