Rising 2L Elizabeth Finazzo wins $40K AccessLex Scholarship

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Sometimes Lightning does strike twice! 

For the second time in three years, a Case Western Reserve University School of Law student (rising 2L Elizabeth Finazzo) won the AccessLex grand prize – a $40,000 scholarship to defray the cost of her second year of law school.  The prize is designed to encourage law students to take part in the AccessLex financial education program known as MAX.

Elizabeth received the news in a Zoom video conference from her home in Michigan, where she is weathering the coronavirus.  She came to CWRU with an interest in IP Law and will be working remotely this summer for the firm of Margolius, Margolius & Associates in Cleveland.

“I am so grateful to MAX by AccessLex for not only easing the financial burden of law school next year, but also for helping me establish good habits to make educated financial decisions in the future," said Finazzo.

Two students per year are randomly selected from those who have completed the MAX curriculum. CWRU Director of Financial Aid Tonya Philips registered CWRU for the program and encouraged students like Elizabeth to enroll. 

Two years ago, Andrea Shaia (CWRU ‘2020) won the same prize. 

At the time, Shaia said: “Thanks to the MAX by AccessLex® program, I am not only going to law school for free next year, but the next 20 years of my life have been changed forever.”