The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati would like to congratulate all of the 2020 Scholarship recipients. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Banquet we are excited to highlight our Scholarship Recipients and their accomplishments here and wish them all continued success.


Ricardo Hill Jr. – Recipient of the William A. McClain Scholarship is a 2L at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH where he attended Walnut Hills High School. Ricardo’s experience at Walnut Hills began his journey toward becoming a leader within the Cincinnati community. While achieving academic success, Ricardo was also the captain of the basketball team, which reached the Ohio State Final Four in 2013. He attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he was the captain of the men’s basketball team and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student-Athlete Mentor Program. Ricardo spent two summers in the Summer Work Experience in Law Program (SWEL), where he gained various legal experiences, built a strong network, and obtained the position of SWEL Student Coordinator. As a law student at the University of Cincinnati, Ricardo dedicates much of his time and efforts to the community. He is an active member of the Black Law Students Association and currently serves as the Hughes Mentorship Committee Chair, where he creates lesson plans with other law students, provides informative presentations topics regarding the African-American community, and mentors high school students.

Sarah Ochieng – Recipient of the Shanda L. Spurlock Scholarship is a 2L law student from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ochieng earned her B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University, with minors in Gender and Diversity Studies, and Theatre. While at Xavier, Ms. Ochieng worked with the Ohio State Senate Minority Caucus, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC), and was selected as a Brueggeman Fellow whereby she conducted independent research on “Ending Child Marriage in Africa.” Upon graduation, she served her community through the Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati Year-of-Service program as a Client Advocate and Getting Ahead Coordinator. At UC, Ms. Ochieng is the Managing Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly journal, an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow, an associate member of the Immigration and Human Rights Law Review, a member on the Moot Court Honor Board, Mock Trial Team, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, Black Law Students Association, Diversity Chair for UC Law Women Club, and Vice President of the International Law Club. Moreover, Ms. Ochieng and her respective teams won Second Place in the 2019 KMK Law Student Diversity Case Competition and Third Place in the 2020 Willem C. Vis Pre-Moot Chicago competition.

Jasmyne Shaw – Recipient of the Jack Sherman Jr. Scholarship was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Her grandmother, Lillie, inspired her at a young age to help people. Lillie always encouraged her to be generous and kind to others. In high school, Ms. Shaw volunteered her time assisting disabled children swim through Aim for the Handicapped. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northern Kentucky University. In college, Ms. Shaw dedicated her time outside of the classroom to serving children of various socioeconomic backgrounds. She worked as a site director of a before and after school program at an elementary school in Northern Kentucky. Aside from work, Ms. Shaw volunteered her time reading to children at the Early Childhood Center at Northern Kentucky University. Currently, she is a first-year student at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is a recipient of the John Marshall Harlan Diversity scholarship and a member of the Black Law Students Association. She currently volunteers her time with Easterseals of Cincinnati and Generations Church Food Bank in Kenton County. Ms. Shaw has always desired to serve others and knows that being a part of the legal profession will put her in the best position possible to do that.

Louisa Edzie – Recipient of the Theodore M. Berry Scholarship is a third year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Louisa is originally from Ghana, West Africa. Louisa moved from Ghana with her father to the U.S. in 2011. She continued her high school education at Horizon Science Academy in Columbus, Ohio where she graduated with honors.  In 2017, Louisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the Ohio State University. In College, she spent a summer abroad interning with the Senate of Canada working for Senator Mobina Jaffer. Louisa also served as pre-arrival intern for Community and Refugee Services (CRIS) – a legal nonprofit for refugees and immigrants in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that her passion to become an immigration lawyer was born. Since entering law school, Louisa has spent her summers clerking for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio LLC and the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center, a legal nonprofit that serves the legal needs of immigrant and refugees in the Cincinnati Public School system. Currently, Louisa is the Managing Editor of the Immigration and Human Rights Law Review and a Member of the UC College of Law’s Honor Council. She is also involved with the Black Law Students Association as the Black History Chair.

Please check out our 2020 Scholarship Recipients!

Special thanks to our McClain Scholarship Champions for their contributions!

Timothy Burke
Natasha Cavanaugh
James Johnson
Dara Kendall
Ernest McAdams, Jr.
Winona & Major McNeil
Jadene Poole
Fanon Rucker
Wednesday Shipp
John Tafaro
Bernice Walker
John West
John J. Williams & Renee Filiatraut
Sharon Zealey


Application period currently closed.

The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati invites eligible law students to apply for scholarships. The selection of recipients will be made by the BLAC Scholarship Committee. The selected recipients will be recognized and presented with their scholarships at BLAC’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

Each recipient will be asked to submit an appropriate photograph and biography for the program, after the selection. In addition to awarding four law student scholarships, we will present our distinguished service award and introduce graduating students from our two area law schools to the greater Cincinnati legal community. The black-tie optional affair will be held in the spring, date to be determined. Approximately 400 lawyers, judges, law students, and friends attend our banquet each year. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at

Download the Scholarship Application here

No longer accepting applications for 2020.