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South Florida law firm Kluger Kaplan recently selected second year law student Briana Harris as the inaugural recipient of the H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship.

The H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship is awarded to one student annually. Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 in financial assistance to attend eligible law schools in Florida and are considered for a four to six-week clerkship at the Kluger Kaplan law firm as well as an attorney position upon graduation from law school and completion of the Florida Bar.

“It is such an honor to have received this scholarship,” said Briana. “It has reaffirmed that I am on the right path and that my hard work is paying off. When I was notified, and finally processed the news, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders because the scholarship would help me significantly with the cost of law school and eliminated the stress of finding an internship for the summer.”

In addition, Briana was also selected to receive a Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association Foundation Scholarship. The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association is the oldest and largest association of Black attorneys in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Association has provided financial assistance and mentoring to a large number of law and undergraduate students. From its inception, the members have sought to remove the barriers to full inclusion in the legal community in Miami-Dade County.

Briana received her Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University. While in law school, Briana is a student ambassador working in the law school admissions office.