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KINGMAN – Veteran attorney Shawn B. Hamp has created a new scholarships program at the Mohave Community College Foundation.
The two $600 scholarships ($300 a semester) – one for Paralegal Studies and the other for Administration of Justice Studies – are need-based and will be awarded on academic performance. Hamp plans to offer the scholarships annually, with the first scholarships granted in the spring. Applications for the 2017 scholarships will be available in October and are due by Dec. 1.
The first of their kind scholarships represent Hamp’s commitment to supporting education in Mohave County, stimulating economic prosperity by providing a portal to living wage jobs and promoting social justice by supporting the next generation of legal professionals.
“I decided it would be a good thing to give to the community college,” he said. “It’s important to have that incubator of knowledge in the community.”
The former prosecutor and deputy county attorney has been practicing law in Mohave County for 16 years. He now focuses on criminal defense.
“Whatever I can do to promote goodwill in the criminal justice system is a good thing for my practice,” Hamp said. “Some people don’t have favaorable opinions of criminal defense attorneys. Whatever I can do to present a better image of lawyers, I’m happy to do it.”
According to Dan Lara, executive director of the MCC Foundation and Dean of College Advancement, both the Paralegal and Administration of Justice programs are offered online in order to serve students throughout the county. Students enrolled or who have declared a major in those programs may apply for the scholarships. MCC determines eligibility, not Hamp.
Students studying criminal justice often enter law enforcement, the judiciary, courts, or probation departments. The Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp believes supporting the criminal justice system is fundamental in protecting our constitutional liberties and values.
Similarly, paralegals are a valuable resource for attorneys and the legal system. Although paralegals function within the profession, it does not require the full skills and qualifications of an attorney. Paralegals facilitate access to justice by reducing the cost of legal services across the board and by offering a low cost alternative for legal services to those with lower incomes.