Loyola University Chicago

Law Scholarship Recipients

Staisiunas, Daina



Daina Staisiunas
Philip H. Corboy Fellowship

Expected year of graduation: 2013
Any other scholarships received while here at Loyola Honors at Entrance
Undergraduate Institution/Degree/Major Dartmouth College
Hometown Chicago, Illinois


What attracted you to Loyola:
I was drawn by Loyola's location and its commitment to Jesuit principles.

What is the greatest learning experience you have had at Loyola:
My greatest learning experience at Loyola has been remaining persistent in the face of adversity. Law students are competitive. The rigorous curriculum, coupled with co-curricular activities, forced me to work hard, and continue working harder, even when my best failed to hit the mark. Persevering through these challenging times forced me to humble myself, mature, and learn to adjust.

Who inspires you and Why:
I am inspired by people who have found careers that they are truly passionate about, and would work for free, or next to nothing because their jobs are so personally satisfying. I think these values are most commonly seen in aspiring artists, entrepreneurs, and people guided by their own visions, passions and convictions for the way the world ought to be.

Extracurricular Activities Hobbies and Interests:

  • Mock Trial Fellow, Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy, 2011-12

    Minimum of 20 hours per week of individualized and specialized training in litigation techniques and skills in preparation for National Tournaments

    Summer Judicial Intern, Just the Beginning Foundation, 2011.

    Black Law Students' Assoc., Loyola Chapter, Social Chair, 2011-12.

    Black Law Students' Assoc., Loyola Chapter, Race & Law Symposium Committee, 2010-11

    The Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., United States

    Judicial Intern District Court, Kansas City, MO, Summer 2011

    Legal Intern, Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division, City of Chicago Department of Law Chicago, Summer 2009

    Legal intern, Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Chicago Winter 2009

    Chicago Transit Authority, Department of Human Resources, Summers 2004-07

    Community service or other volunteer activities:
    Cook County Sheriff's Office Mortgage Foreclosure Review, Volunteer, December 2010
    Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, Expungement Help Desk Volunteer, 2011

    Area of legal interest and or your intended practice area upon graduation:
    I am interested in civil and criminal litigation.