SOUTHFIELD, MI – November 1, 2021 – Buckfire Law is pleased to announce Markus Brooks of DeKalb, Ill., has been named this year’s recipient of the 2021 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship.
This annual award began in 2013 as a way for the Michigan-based law firm to show its commitment to helping law students pursue their educational and career goals.
Brooks is currently enrolled at the Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Brooks received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Jackson State University, where he participated in community service projects, social activism, and community engagement. In 2019 he interned with One World Exchange, a youth leadership program, in Douala, Cameroon, where he collected and donated over 500 cartons of medical supplies to be used at medical facilities throughout the country. Additionally, Brooks helped write a proposal on behalf of Hope for Abused and Battered (H4AB) and secured a grant from the U.S. Embassy that allows H4AB to continue its work in Cameroon.
“Working in Cameroon impacted my future goals because after spending eight weeks there, I knew I wanted to go into public interest law and work for the government in some capacity,” said Brooks. “I plan to use the laws in criminal justice reform and civil rights to create new solutions that improve the quality of life for African Americans.”
Brooks said working in Cameroon is a long-term goal. “I hope to go back at least once every few years and spend time with those in my cohort. This experience has impacted my life because giving back to those in Cameroon gave me an opportunity to interact and be a positive role model for Cameroonians in marginalized communities who lacked quality food, healthcare, and access to justice.”
Brooks believes that as an attorney, he will be positioned to address the needs of those in marginalized communities, to ensure they have opportunities to be heard on different platforms. Additionally, Brooks plans to mentor other African American students who are interested in law.
“Markus’ initiative to mentor other students, and his goals to work with Cameroonians is inspiring,” said Lawrence J. Buckfire, President and Lead Trial Attorney at Buckfire law. “We are proud to have Markus as this year’s recipient and we look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future.”
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. awards one student each year with the $2,000 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship is available to a student attending law school who is also a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or someone who demonstrates a commitment to issues of diversity within their community.
Founded in 1969, Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. recognizes that most people are stressed and overwhelmed after a serious injury or unexpected death and don’t know where to turn. Buckfire Law Firm provides superior legal representation and helps them from start to finish. Our clients receive fair compensation and get peace of mind. The firm offers four separate academic scholarships annually for students wanting to continue their education. For more information on the scholarship program, visit our page.
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