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Stange scholarship will reward excellence in moot court
By Emory University School of Law | Emory Law | February 29, 2016

New scholarship opportunity for moot court students:
Paola and Kirk Stange, of the Stange Law Firm, have endowed a new scholarship for moot court students.

Paola Arzu Stange 01C 05L and her husband, Kirk C. Stange, have established the Stange Law Firm Scholarship to honor top competitors in Emory Law’s moot court program. The $4,000 annual scholarship will be awarded starting this year to the highest overall performing student in the Emory Law’s Moot Court Society 1L Competition. 

Paola Stange was a member of the Moot Court Society while at Emory Law, and says the experience gave her confidence as a practicing courtroom lawyer. In addition to building a thriving family law practice, she has been recognized for her guardian ad litem service on behalf of domestic violence victims. Her husband, who was a moot court finalist at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and selected to The Order of the Barristers, is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and has published books and chapters on family law. 

The Stanges value excellence in writing and oration, and their practice mirrors those values. The Stange Law Firm was formed in 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri, and now includes offices throughout Missouri and Illinois. The practice has been recognized with many state and national awards. The Stanges also serve as members of Emory Law’s adjunct faculty, based on their experience in litigation skills. 

Their gift provides $100,000 to endow the scholarship, and an additional $20,000, which will allow scholarships to be awarded immediately while the endowment builds. 

Emory Law’s Moot Court Society also sponsors an annual Civil Rights and Liberties Competition each fall. This year is the tourney’s 10th anniversary. Last year, the contest drew 22 teams from around the country. Prizes are awarded for best team, best oralist and best brief.