March 29, 2012 – University of Houston Law Center student Dyan Parada 2L has been named the recipient of the 2012 Sam Williamson Scholarship. Presented annually by the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, the award provides a $5,000 scholarship to a UHLC student who is committed to the practice of immigration law, has enrolled in the immigration clinic during the scholarship year, and has taken the immigration law basic course before the scholarship year.
“I am very excited about the award,” Parada said. “Immigration is a very important subject to me. Both my parents are immigrants, and I have seen first-hand the struggles these people can face. Anything I can do to help them, I want to do. This fellowship will help me to do that.”
The scholarship was created in memory of Sam Williamson, a Houston-area immigration attorney. Nationally known, his career spanned more than 50 years during which he fought fiercely for the rights of his clients, said Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman, supervising attorney and faculty supervisor of the UH Immigration Clinic. Parada, a current immigration clinic student, “exemplifies the commitment and values of Sam Williamson,” he said.