The Honorable Judge Earl B. Gilliam Bar Scholarship


Octavia Carson
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Honorable Earl B. Gilliam Scholarship – $10,000

The Earl B. Gilliam Scholarship was first awarded shortly after the passing of  the Honorable Ear. B. Gilliam in early 2001. Judge Gilliam was a champion for the community and a dedicated public servant. Every year one student is selected because the student reflects Judge Gilliam’s commitment to community and public service. This year’s honoree is an exceptional law student whose academic achievement and community service reflect an aspiration for excellence as embodied by Judge Gilliam. 

Octavia Carson is a third-year law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan.  Octavia has a 4.054 Grade Point Average. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, and was previously the president of the Black Law Student Association. 

Octavia  interned with WilkMazz in summer 2019. She also interned for Magistrate Judge Mitchell D. Dembin in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in Spring 2019 and for Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack LLP during the summer of 2018. Octavia intends to practice Civil Rights, Immigration Law, and Intellectual Property Law to help socio- economically disadvantaged individuals and people of color.

Throughout her law school years Octavia has served her community beyond law school walls. Octavia  mentors diverse high school students interested in pursuing law through the Crawford Legal Institute Mentorship Bond. She helped put together care packages for individuals experiencing homelessness and helped distribute the packages around the City of San Diego. 

Octavia grew up in Pontiac, Michigan with her mother, who was committed to ensuring Octavia did not become a reflection of underperforming schools, violence and poverty of Octavia’s community. This dedication resulted in Octavia becoming the first person in her family to attend a four year university, Central Michigan University and the first to attend law school. 

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