Paul R. Shuldiner Memorial Scholarship
The Paul R. Shuldiner Memorial Scholarship was established by Professor Paul W. Shuldiner and the Shuldiner Family in memory of Paul R. ("Randy") Shuldiner '75. Applicants are required to submit an essay, the topic of which changes each year. For information on this year's competition and to submit your application, see below.
Paul Randall Shuldiner was born in 1953 in Urbana, Illinois to Margot V and Paul W Shuldiner. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1975 with a B.A. in English and from the University of Toledo College of Law with a JD in 1979. While there, he served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review, earned an ASCAP essay award and participated in the Moot Court Program, an early sign of his interest in advocacy and debate.
Following graduation, Paul took a position as Instructor in Legal Writing at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. In the course of preparing a Law Review article on strip search, "Visible Rape: A Look At The Dubious Reality of Strip Searches", he filed an amicus curiae brief in Tinetti v Wittke with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1980. This much-cited work is representative of a life-long interest in personal liberties and of his professional dedication to combating the routine violation of those liberties by various authorities.
Paul went on to clerk for Judge Phil McClellan McNagny Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, subsequently taking a position in the litigation division of Washington National Insurance Company in Evanston, Illinois. In 1988 he opened a solo litigation practice in Chicago, which he managed until his death. In addition to his professional practice, he volunteered weekly with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, an advocacy group working for the poor, was a member of the board of his local Boys & Girls Club, and from 2003-2004 served as president of the North Suburban Bar Association.
His dedication to the Law, which he believed to be the fundamental civilizing force in human society, combined with an abiding sense of outrage at the casual and widespread abuse of authority he perceived, inspired him to become a tireless defender of the defenseless and champion of the underdog.
Paul Randall Shuldiner died suddenly in February 2011, leaving behind his wife of 25 years, Amy, and their children, Mark and Katherine. He is deeply missed, and in his honor, sharing in the belief that only the most active defense of personal liberties will serve to preserve them, we, his family, in loving memory establish this prize.
DEADLINE: Applications deadline extended to March 8 at 11:59PM.
ELIGIBILITY: The scholarship is open to all sophomore, junior and senior legal studies majors.
AWARD AMOUNT: $500
THE ESSAY: Applicants should respond to the following questions:
Paul R Shuldiner devoted his career to defending the personal and civil liberties of his clients and to resisting the encroachment of government into the private lives of individuals. One example of such encroachment is the ubiquitous use of video surveillance cameras in airports, on streets and highways, and in other public spaces. While often justified in terms of public safety and national security, video monitoring can also be seen as an intrusion into personal privacy and a threat to civil liberties. How would you seek to balance these two views? What safeguards should limit, or at least guide, the application of video surveillance and related technologies?
All papers should have 1 inch margins and use a 12pt Times font. They should be no more than 4 pages long, and double spaced.
Frequently asked questions:
1. Do I have to cite other papers in my commentary?
No, although strong papers will show evidence that you have thought through the literature on these topics and considered the topics carefully and seriously.
2. How will my paper be evaluated?
In general, the scholarship committee expects well-written, thoughtful commentary on the essay topic. You should answer the specific questions addressed above. Consider what the main arguments for or against surveillance are. When is surveillance justified? What evidence can you point to strengthen your claims? The essay should be 3-4 pages.
If your question is not answered here, please contact Michelle Goncalves for help.