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Richard Fierens Memorial Scholarship in Public Law

Sgt. Richard Fierens passed away on July 6, 2007, at the age of 25 as the result of a traffic accident. Richard was a young man who was as principled and smart as he was driven. He was a leader who adopted the role of soldier, scholar, and servant.

Success would have had a hard time avoiding his grasp. The day Richard died, he lost his dream of becoming an attorney; we at Eastern lost a close friend and Mock Trial competitor; the legal system lost someone who would have become one of its greatest attorneys; and thousands of future defendants lost a great advocate and their best shot at a fair trial.

We gained a living memory of why it is important to put principles and people ahead of personal gain. This scholarship is in his honor.