Jonny Gammage Memorial Scholarship Fund

There is nothing more powerful than a people, than a nation, steeped in its history. And there are few things as noble as honoring our ancestors by remembering. —Lonnie G. Bunch III

A portion of the Summit’s proceeds benefits the Jonny Gammage Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of the life of Jonny Gammage, a black man murdered at the hands of police officers, to encourage a path of lawyering for social justice. The scholarship is awarded to law students of color with an interest in studying civil rights and social justice issues at the University of Pittsburgh Law School or Duquesne University Law School.

Qualified candidates are required to submit a resume and essay application. Please review the question below and prepare your answer before submitting your application.  Applications are due by midnight March 31st, 2019.

The 2019
Jonny Gammage Essay Question

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as follows:

It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

  1. What impact does social media have upon sexual harassment and sexual assault? Please explain.
  2. Should individuals under age 18 be criminalized for “sexting” -sending nude pictures of themselves – which could be considered child pornography? Please explain.
  3. Is there equal or selective enforcement of sexual assault/harassment allegations based on race, wealth, power, and privilege? Please explain.
  4. In light of the fact that the current President was elected despite sexual assault allegations against him and a recording of him admitting to touching the private parts of women, do you believe Americans care about the prosecution of sexual assault? Please explain.