MBA to present UMass School of Law - Dartmouth student $10,000 scholarship

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017
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Shayla Mombeleur

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that Shayla Mombeleur, a third-year law student at the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth is the recipient of the MBA's 2017 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded at the MBA's sold out Annual Dinner on May 4, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

Mombeleur has always been passionate about serving as a voice for indigent populations. That journey began in her hometown of Dorchester, where she too often saw her peers struggle with addiction and the instability of poverty.

While some around her made unfortunate choices and wrong turns in life, Mombeleur kept moving forward. As an undergraduate student at Bridgewater State University, she dedicated significant time to missionary efforts in Haiti, working to improve the lives of children at the H.I.S. Home for Children orphanage by providing them with vital everyday needs such as baby formula.

"These interactions honestly made me realize the opportunity I had in the United States-the opportunity to find my passion in life and to work hard in school so I could serve the same communities I grew up in," said Mombeleur.

During her time at UMass Law, Mombeleur has served as a judicial intern for the Massachusetts District Court in both Taunton and Orleans and has also been an SJC Rule 3:03 Certified Student Attorney for the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

Being a dedicated advocate for civil rights has always come natural to Mombeleur. Upon graduation from law school, she hopes to serve those same communities she grew up in as a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) or undertake a legal career for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).