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Crotty Saland Equal Access to Justice Scholarship

New York criminal defense attorneys Elizabeth Crotty and Jeremy Saland have dedicated their careers to the dual proposition that every member of society is entitled to fairness before the law and that the circumstances of one's birth should never restrict full access to justice.

Neither race, national origin, economic status nor gender can be permitted to unfairly shape legal outcomes, and the law firm of Crotty Saland is committed to fighting for the integrity of our system at all times.

With the realization that our world is far from perfect and that many find themselves at a palpable disadvantage from the start, the defense attorneys of Crotty Saland are tireless advocates for the downtrodden, the voiceless and those against whom the deck of justice may often appear irreparably stacked.

In furtherance of the above principles, the firm is proud to announce the establishment of the Crotty Saland Equal Access to Justice Scholarship. An annual award of $1000 will be given to a promising student currently pursuing a course of higher education who personifies and shares our mission to foster equal access to justice for all and not just for the privileged few.

Students Eligible for the Crotty Saland Scholarship

The Crotty Saland Equal Justice Scholarship is open to those presently enrolled in a duly accredited junior college, community college, undergraduate or graduate institution located within the United States. Also, eligible for consideration are GED holders and high school graduates whose college-level studies are just about to begin.

Especially attractive candidates are those who have the ability to effectively and eloquently communicate their personal commitment to facilitating greater access to justice for low-income, minority or other under-served populations.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of good academic standing from their present institution, which for the purposes of this award, consists of a minimum cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Application Process

Along with a detailed cover sheet, students are asked to provide:

  • An up-to-date resume, current contact information and a clear statement of present educational program level and student status
  • Latest academic transcript issued by the applicant's present institution (unofficial versions will be accepted); freshman-level students may submit unofficial transcripts from their most recent institution together with any documentation available from their current school
  • A 750-word original essay that explains how the student intends to champion the cause of equal access to justice for all, with a specific focus on low-income and underrepresented individuals
Deadline and Application Details

In order to be fully considered for the Crotty Saland Equal Justice Scholarship, interested applicants must submit all requested documentation, including transcripts, cover sheet, essay and resume by email to on or before the official deadline of January 31, 2018.

Emails sent in support of any scholarship application must bear a subject line rendered in the following format: APPLICANT'S NAME – CROTTY SALAND SCHOLARSHIP.

Please ensure that the cover sheet, resume, transcripts and essay are attached to the email message as separate documents.

We appreciate your interest in the 2017 Crotty Saland Equal Justice Scholarship and look forward to receiving your application materials. It is our honor to recognize and support the education of those who possess the potential to become tomorrow's strongest leaders.

Client Reviews
... I was facing a class B felony and potentially tens of thousands in fines and some legit jail time and after hiring Jeremy Saland he obviously struck enough fear into the prosecutors with his sheer litigation might that it was knocked down to a petty misdemeanor and after a few sheckles and a handful of counseling sessions, I will no longer have a criminal record. The offices of Crotty Saland are the Shaq and Kobe of criminal defense in New York City and to even consider another firm is outright blasphemy. I stand by this statement 100% Evan
Let me start by saying how amazing Liz Crotty is! I am a resident of California, who needed representation for my son who received a desk citation while he was visiting NYC. Liz jumped on the case right away; she was very thorough in explaining things to me. She is strictly business too! She went to court on my son's behalf and had his case dismissed. I am forever grateful to her. Seana G.
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