New Summer Fellowship Seeks to Give Minority Students Exposure to the Justice System

Emma Daniels, an incoming senior at Holy Cross High School, is the first recipient of the inaugural "Garry Edmondson Fellowship Program." The fellowship is named for Garry Edmondson, the Kenton County Attorney from 1994-2015. During his tenure Mr. Edmondson supported minority youth through an annual summer work program designed to expose students to the legal and local 
government communities. 

County Attorney Stacy Tapke is continuing the effort to promote more inclusion and diversity in the legal profession through this fellowship. The fellowship is open to any Kenton County junior or senior of a racial or ethnic minority. Miss Daniels was chosen based upon her academic achievement, community involvement, leadership, prior work experience, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

The fellowship program gives students an opportunity to accompany prosecutors to court, engage with other law enforcement agencies, and interact with community leaders and elected officials. "I wanted to provide an opportunity for minority students who are interested in a legal career to see first hand how the justice system works. Our profession knows that we must be proactive in ensuring that we address the lack of diversity in the legal community, and hopefully this program is one step toward fulfilling that goal." says Kenton County Attorney, Stacy Tapke. 

Miss Daniels is the senior class President and served as her Junior Class Treasurer. She is also the National Honor Society President, and a member of student council, the Magnified Giving Philanthropy Club, and the student newspaper. Emma also volunteers for several events and organizations that include Cincy Kids4Kids Annual Carnival, Rosedale Manor Nursing/Rehabilitation Home, National Committee on Youth, and many more. Besides her impressive civic and community involvement, she also runs Varsity Track and Field and excels academically. Upon graduation, she will have already completed 44 college credits. She plans to attend either the University of Notre Dame or the University of Chicago, and ultimately attend law school. 
Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:40 PM