The Law Offices of Patel and Soltis would like to announce the 2nd Annual Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship. Each year we plan to award at least $1,000 to the top essay related to law and activism related to our Firm’s core practices. This award is open to all part-time and full-time law students. Based on submissions we will award up to three awards.

This scholarship was established as a memorial to Aaron Schwartz and his dedication to activism and the boundaries he pushed. Amount for 2017-2018 school year – $1,000 per award up to 3 awards will be made

§ Must be attending an ABA-approved law school for the 2017-2018 school year at least part time.
§ Candidates must submit a 750 to 2000 word essay, not including endnotes upon any subject related to Activism and the Law. Examples would include Immigration reform, Foreclosure Defense, Providing legal resources through technology.
§ All entries will be open for comment on the website.
§ A current resume with contact information must be submitted with each submission.
§ Up to three entries on different topics will be accepted
§ DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Monday, January 6, 2018, by 5:00PM
§ Please email your entry to
§ Award(s) will be announced February 4, 2018

Updated 4/17/2017

We have received multiple questions about this scholarship so to keep things level for all entrants we are answering them here.

Q. What is a recommended topic?

A. We recommend a topic related to Aaron Swartz Hacktivism or one of our firm’s core practice areas: Foreclosure Defense, Bankruptcy,  or Immigration.  (Last year’s winners wrote about immigration and New Jersey Foreclosure Defense.) If you can tie in Probate and/or Real Estate we would be amazed.

Q. What is an example of a winning essay?

A. Paulina Baginska a Second Year law student of Brooklyn Law School won for her essay on Immigration Policy. Dhara Patel a First Year law student of Rutgers Law School for her essay on Foreclosures detrimental effect on society.

Q. Who can enter?

A. Anyone attending an ABA-approved law school for the 2016-2017 school year at least part time.

Please email for submissions

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