Harry J. Pearce Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

On May 16, 1989, Harry Pearce, former general counsel of General Motors, authored a letter to GM’s outside counsel requesting that diverse lawyers be utilized on GM’s legal matters.  On April 28, 2017, the Straker Bar Association honored Mr. Pearce for his efforts and recognizing the “butterfly effect” his letter had amongst other general counsels and law firms.  

Mr. Pearce recognized D. Augustus Straker and the Association for its efforts to reinforce the principle that the legal profession benefits from diverse lawyers and presented a substantial gift to the Straker Bar Foundation.  The gift has endowed the Harry J. Pearce Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship.  The Foundation will award a scholarship to third year, minority law student who can clearly articulate their vision for advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an ABA certified law school program and in their third year of law school in 2018-2019 school year.  An application form should be completed and submitted to the email address of strakerlawba@gmail.com no later than Sunday, April 21, 2019, with the subject line "Pearce Scholarship Submission".  Students may contact their respective Law School Deans of Student Services or download an application here.

There will be one scholarship awarded at the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Breakfast, on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Skyline Club in Southfield, MI.

Successful applicants must demonstrate scholarly dedication, be involved in school and community activities and be able to clearly articulate their vision for advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.