Bradley Loliger ’13 and Alissa M. Fortuna ’13 receive New York Bar Foundation Scholarships

Published June 19, 2014

The New York Bar Foundation has awarded Law student Bradley Loliger ’13 the Elder Law Section Scholarship, sponsored by the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Alissa M. Fortuna ’13, is the recipient of the New York Bar Foundation’s Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship, sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

The New York Bar Foundation has awarded SUNY Buffalo Law student Bradley Loliger ’13 the Elder Law Section Scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship award sponsored by the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Another law student, Alissa M. Fortuna ’13, is the recipient of the New York Bar Foundation’s Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship, a $1500 scholarship award.

"We are pleased to award Mr. Loliger this noteworthy Elder Law Section scholarship," said Cristine Cioffi, President of the New York Bar Foundation. "He has demonstrated a commitment to the legal profession through his studies, real-world experience and passion for assisting the elderly and not-for-profit public interest work."

Anthony Enea, of White Plains, NY, chair of the Elder Law Section of the NYSBA, concurs. "Bradley has demonstrated a passion and commitment to the rights of seniors and the disabled throughout his law school career, while at the same time maintaining the highest academic standards. He truly embodies the prototype for the elder law attorney of the future."

Loliger received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, and a master's degree in social work at the University at Buffalo. He is an intern with the Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York. He also interns at Gate-Longview, a child and family-service organization. He also serves as president of Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP).

Alissa M. Fortuna ’13, the recipient of the New York Bar Foundation’s Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship, is described as “a most deserving recipient and a future star of the legal profession,” according to the NYSBF president.

“Through her academic excellence, interest in public service and integrity, Fortuna embodies the core values that Lorraine Power Tharp held dear,” said Cioffi.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Fortuna volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers Project, where she helped indigent clients facing eviction. She received the Project’s In-House Volunteer Award in 2011. She is active in the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Buffalo Public Interest Law Program, and the Niagara Cup Moot Court Competition.

Fortuna’s $1,500 scholarship is named for Lorraine Power Tharp, a former chair of the Section and president of the NYS Bar Association. Since 2011, the scholarship has been awarded to a second or third-year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Tharp – academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

“The Real Property Law Section is thrilled to present Fortuna with this scholarship,” said Mindy H. Stern of New York City, vice-chair of the Real Property Law Section. “Ms. Fortuna’s expressed desire to continue Lorraine Power Tharp’s legacy and effect positive change in the world are a fitting tribute to her.”

“I am so honored to be selected the 2012 recipient of the Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship,” said Fortuna. “Lorraine Power Tharp had an absolutely extraordinary career and deeply touched the lives of all around her. She left the world a better place.”