Howard Law Student Named 2020 Dr. J. Clay Smith, Jr. Equal Justice Award and Scholarship Winner

Ashlyne J. Polynice

Howard Law Student Named 2020 Dr. J. Clay Smith, Jr. Equal Justice Award and Scholarship Winner

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. and the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc. have named Howard University School of Law rising 3L student Ashlyne J. Polynice its 2020 Dr. J. Clay Smith, Jr. Equal Justice Award and Scholarship winner.

Polynice, a first-generation law student and New York native, graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. Before attending law school, she worked as a paralegal who supported attorneys on products liability, mass torts, and white-collar matters. At Howard Law, she served as a staff editor for the Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review (“HCR”), honors extern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, treasurer of the Business Law Society, and national chapter delegate of Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated. She also had the privilege of being an oral advocate for the American College of Bankruptcy Fourth Circuit Moot Court Regional competition and a researcher for the Duberstein National Bankruptcy competition. During her final year at Howard Law, she will serve as the editor-in-chief of HCR and a student attorney for the Investor Justice and Education Clinic.

The Dr. J. Clay Smith, Jr. Equal Justice Award and Scholarship were created in honor of the 28th president of the Washington Bar Association, Inc., having served from 1978-1980. The award is presented to a deserving student enrolled at Howard Law who demonstrates superior intellectual prowess, impeccable integrity and considerable powers of persuasion in advancing causes in keeping with the goals and objectives of the Washington Bar Association's motto - "Equal Justice Under Law."