Patrick Malone & Associates Announces 2017 Winners of “Representing Real People” Law School Scholarships


Washington, D.C.: The Patrick Malone & Associates law firm is giving away $14,000 in scholarships in 2017 to law students in the second year of the firm’s “Representing Real People” law school scholarship program.

Two students are each receiving $5,000, and four others are receiving $1,000 each, to be applied to law school tuition and fees.

The winners of $5,000 scholarships are:


Gabriel Frumkin of Washington, D.C., who is starting his first year at Boston College Law School, Newton, MA. Mr. Frumkin has worked for a labor union representing hospital workers in Massachusetts, spending time helping solve individual problems of the union’s members, from disability issues to improper management practices, which he says taught him that “all politics are personal.”

Cristina Gil, also of Washington, D.C., will attend American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. Ms. Gil is a daughter of immigrants who grew up on the south side of Chicago and is the first member of her family to attend college. She aspires to become a public interest immigration lawyer.

Runners-up who each will receive $1,000 are:

Eduardo Bravo, of Walnut, CA. He is enrolled at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA. Bravo has worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and is volunteering at the legal aid domestic violence workshop this fall.

Joby Celoza, of Mililani, HI. Mr. Celoza attends University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL He is a first-generation college student from his family and completed Arizona State University in only 2 and ½ years.

Misty Gaubatz of Missoula, MT. She is starting at University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law, Missoula, MT. Ms. Gaubatz successful represented herself in a hearing to obtain official recognition as her son’s parent a year before same-sex marriage was officially recognized in Montana.

Grace Paras of Washington, D.C. Ms. Paras will attend Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. Ms. Paras has helped manage legal service programs for immigrants at the Vera Institute of Justice and has taught English to women who were victims of domestic or employer abuse.

The “Representing Real People” scholarships are intended for students committed to a career representing individuals, especially those of limited means.  Suitable fields of law include immigration, tenant rights, employment (for individual employees and unions), family matters, disability rights, estates and trusts, and public interest law focusing on individual rights.

“Thousands of Americans every day go into courthouses with no lawyer to represent them, and they face major and sometimes devastating consequences to their lives,” Malone said. He noted that the only people who have a constitutional right to a lawyer are those facing felony criminal charges, but the civil courts conduct proceedings that can uproot a person from their home, job, and family, or cause financial ruin. “We want to encourage young people to go into careers helping these individuals.”

More information about the Malone scholarship program, including eligibility and application details, can be found at: