Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine Announces Third Annual H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship

By March 10, 2023

One minority student will receive $10,000 in financial assistance to attend a Florida law school and will receive a summer clerkship at Kluger Kaplan. The scholarship winner will also be considered for an attorney position at the firm. 

MIAMI – March 10, 2023 – South Florida-based litigation firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine P.L. has launched its 2023 Annual H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship to support minority law school students who have a strong connection with the South Florida community. Now in its third year, the law firm launched the scholarship in honor of H.T. Smith, founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Florida International University (FIU) College of Law, with the intention of creating a more diverse workforce and South Florida legal industry.  

“Kluger Kaplan’s goal with this scholarship is to bring tangible change to South Florida’s legal community and improve minority talent retention in our hometown,” said Alan J. Kluger, founding partner at Kluger Kaplan. “Advancing diversity, access, and inclusion will only happen if we act with intentionality. The legal community has a long way to go, but our hope is that the scholarship will serve as a blueprint for other firms looking to support minority law school students.”  

One scholarship recipient will earn $10,000 in financial assistance to attend an eligible law school in Florida and will receive a summer clerkship at the Kluger Kaplan law firm. Following their law school graduation and completion of the Florida Bar exam, the scholarship winner will also be considered for an attorney position at Kluger Kaplan. Eligible universities include the University of Miami, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Florida State University and the University of Florida.  

Preference for award of the H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship is given to students entering their second year of law school who come from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, and who are actively involved in giving back to the South Florida community through volunteer efforts or participation among local organizations. By selecting students who exhibit both scholastic achievement and a commitment to improving our community, this scholarship helps to create a pipeline for future leaders who will continue to promote diversity, inclusion, and social change.   

“Miami has emerged as a global business hub, but for our community and the legal profession to make a measurable improvement in diversity and inclusion across the board, law firms of all sizes will need to undertake active and meaningful participation in similar types of programs such as Kluger Kaplan’s Legal Studies Scholarship. It is the cumulative results that will have the greatest impact on increasing diversity in the South Florida legal profession,” said H.T. Smith. 

Smith is a nationally-renown trial lawyer who is charged with blazing trails as Miami’s first African American assistant public defender, first African American assistant county attorney, and the founding president of the Black Lawyers Association. Smith’s entry into private practice marked the launch of Downtown Miami’s first Black-owned law firm. Smith also led the Boycott Miami Campaign in response to local politicians snubbing Nelson Mandela when he visited Miami in 1990. 

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit their résumé, current school transcript, and a 500-word personal statement discussing who they are and why they are applying for the scholarship to info@klugerkaplan.com with the subject line “H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship.” The deadline to submit for the 2023-2024 academic year is July 1, 2023.  

Finalists will be requested to join the Kluger Kaplan law firm for an interview.  Scholarships will be funded directly to the recipient’s law school and will be applied towards the student’s tuition for the Fall 2023-2024 academic year. Any balance will be given directly to the student if there is another scholarship that covers his or her tuition. 

Please contact Idays Guallar at iguallar@klugerkaplan.com with any questions you may have regarding the scholarship or application requirements. 


About Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. 

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. focuses on complex, high-stakes disputes across a broad range of disciplines and industries, including all aspects of business and corporate litigation; real estate and construction litigation; intellectual property litigation; employment litigation; securities and financial fraud; corporate governance; bankruptcy related litigation and debtor and creditor’s rights; appeals in state and federal courts; professional liability; intellectual property disputes; class actions; and complex matrimonial, probate and trust litigation.  The firm’s veteran litigators have served as lead class counsel in federal multi-district litigation and trials in federal and state courts throughout the country. The firm has offices in Miami and Boca Raton. For more information, please visit www.klugerkaplan.com.