Walsh Attorneys Mentoring Next Generation
NEWARK, NJ, October 24, 2019 – Walsh Partner Sydney J. Darling co-founded the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella Scholarship Competition four years ago, along with fellow board members of the New Jersey Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. Associate Colleen M. Maker has also volunteered for various roles in the competition each year. The event has grown in stature and scope each year. It now incorporates law students from Rutgers Law School and the Seton Hall University School of Law, and scholarship prize money has increased. The year’s competition is just weeks away and Sydney is once again serving as co-chair and Colleen is serving as a mentor to the finalists.
“Our attorneys are always eager to mentor the next generation of attorneys, and we are proud of Sydney and Colleen for shaping what this event has become,” said Walsh Partner Stephen V. Falanga. “Our firm is a strong supporter of both law schools and I look forward to the competition. I wish all the students good luck.”
The competition’s first round is an essay competition, from which two finalists from each school will be chosen. The finalists will argue a mock case focused on bankruptcy law issues, with judging centered around a student’s understanding and demonstration of the law as well as their adeptness at oral advocacy. Oral arguments will be heard by The Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, The Honorable Andrew B. Altenburg, Jr. and The Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson, United States Bankruptcy Judges for the District of New Jersey. The final round of the competition will be held at the Rutgers Newark Baker Trial Courtroom on November 25th. The two winning students will be awarded $2,000 each in scholarship money and the runners-up will be awarded $500 each.