Paying it Forward

For Boston attorney Howard M. Kahalas JD '72 and his wife Judith, the time is right for a $100,000 scholarship fund for Suffolk Law students—and for the kind of personal mentorship that can help a student with financial need make some of the difficult decisions required to succeed in a law career.

"We're grateful to the Kahalases for their generosity, both in terms of scholarship funds and Attorney Kahalas' time in mentoring students through the ups and downs of law school and beyond," Dean Camille A. Nelson said.

"Two important Suffolk Law goals are to provide access to a legal education to students with significant financial need, and to be a welcoming home for students from under-served communities. These goals are particularly important to the Kahalases, and they saw an immediate way to help make these critical goals a reality."

Scholarship Recipients

The first recipients of the Kahalas scholarship are Thomas Davis JD'15 and Jah-Asia Nuru JD'15. 

Scholarship summary

The Howard and Judith Kahalas Term Scholarship Fund totals $100,000 and provides scholarship grants of $10,000 for up to two students per year who have demonstrated financial need and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher upon graduation from a four-year accredited college or university. Howard Kahalas also will mentor scholarship recipients.

Applicants must show demonstrated service to their communities, demonstrated leadership and other extracurricular activities evincing the potential to be strong law students.
Preference will be given to students who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in law school education (African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

Applicants must submit a personal essay of no more than 500 words and two recommendations from college or university faculty.

About Howard M. Kahalas

Howard M. Kahalas is the principal of the Law Office of Howard M. Kahalas, P.C. He established his firm in 1981, after several years as a sole practitioner specializing in criminal trial work, personal injury and workers compensation. His more than 35 years of experience as a Boston personal injury attorney include being awarded several multi-million-dollar verdicts or settlements for his clients. A 1969 graduate of Boston University's College of Liberal Arts, Kahalas earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1972. He is a past member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, serving more than eight years under three governors.