September 19, 2008
Third-year Tulane law student Anthony Cerceo was honored with the 2008-2009 George Kerr American Counsel Association (ACA) Scholarship this past Friday, September 15, 2008. Stanley J. Cohn, a 1981 graduate of Tulane Law School and the New Orleans member of the ACA, presented the award at Weinmann Hall.
Currently ranked second in his law school class, Cerceo is a member of the Tulane Law Review and serves as editor of Tulane Environmental Law News. He also has been honored with the CALI Excellence Award in Torts and International Commercial Arbitration. Ironically, however, Cerceo says he never foresaw himself becoming a lawyer.
Working as a consultant after graduating college, Cerceo admits coming to the realization that law could be a profession that would allow him to balance his personal interests and broader purpose. “I came to understand that practicing law would allow me to develop critical thinking and analytical capabilities, while also giving me opportunities to help people navigate the complexities of our legal system,” he explains. Three years later, Cerceo has discovered more than he could ever imagine, saying that his choice to attend Tulane Law School and join the New Orleans community post-Katrina has allowed him to gain an appreciation for the myriad issues a city’s rebuilding entails.
Nonetheless, these experiences and opportunities—rich though they may be—typically do not come without a price. Cerceo confesses that is one thing he definitely has come to learn. “Though I am more convinced now, two years after I began school, that this has been the right choice for me, I cannot ignore the fact that a legal education is an expensive investment,” he says. “[This scholarship] will do much to ameliorate my heavy debt and spur my continued commitment to legal practice in the service of others.”
For more information on the ACA or George Kerr ACA Scholarship, contact James Dorsett at 919.821.6649.
The Kerr Scholarship is awarded annually, on a rotation basis within one of the Judicial Circuits of the United States, to a law student who exhibits outstanding scholastic ability; is committed to the betterment of the legal profession through public service; and has financial need. This year the Kerr Scholarship nominees were designated by the Deans of the law schools within the Fifth U.S. Circuit.
Established in 1928, the American Counsel Association is the oldest association of independent law firms in the world. It was formed for the purpose of enhancing standards of practice, aiding deserving law students, and providing a social and business network for its distinguished members. Comprised of approximately 300 members from across the United States, Canada, England, and other countries, the ACA holds its meetings in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Annual and Midyear Meetings. A majority of the ACA's members are present or past leaders within the American Bar Association or their respective state and local bar organizations.