Anthony Martinez, a second-year Gonzaga law student, was recently awarded the Stokes Lawrence Diversity Scholarship.
The scholarship, funded by the Stokes Lawrence Law firm, is awarded each year to a Gonzaga student who is committed to diversity.
Martinez, who is originally from California, has spent the last 10 years in Spokane. While an undergraduate at GU, he knew that Gonzaga was where he wanted to pursue his legal studies.
When asked what he has learned thus far in law school, Martinez replied that “Although my first year of law school was by far the most difficult year I have ever spent academically, I learned I am very capable of doing well in this field.”
With respect to the Stokes Lawrence scholarship, Martinez said “The Stokes Lawrence scholarship illustrates that there are numerous ways to accomplish one’s goals. Many individuals face some serious hurdles due to their diversity. Stokes Lawrence helps to minimize those hurdles and allows individuals, like myself, to accomplish the goals that at one time appeared to be highly out of reach.”
Martinez said he hopes to pursue a career in criminal prosecutions, continuing his commitment to public service.
Stokes Lawrence, which has offices in Seattle and Yakima, is “a team of experienced, ethical and accessible attorneys who deliver quality results,” its website says. “We value fresh legal thinking and practical solutions. For over 25 years this approach has helped us develop lasting relationships with our clients and our community.”