We’re delighted to announce that Sead Muradbegovic has been awarded Lemberg Law’s ‘Land of Opportunity’ $1,250 College Scholarship, which is aimed at helping immigrants in the United States obtain degrees with the minimum student debt possible.
The scholarship was launched by Lemberg Law Managing Partner Sergei Lemberg, who is himself an immigrant to the U.S. having arrived as a refugee from the former Soviet Union when he was 15 years old. Lemberg’s personal experiences have fueled a desire to lend a helping hand to those following in his footsteps.
“I’m very pleased to award Sead the Land of Opportunity Scholarship,” Lemberg said in response to the announcement. “He put together a very thoughtful essay, and I wish him all the best for what I’m sure will be a very successful college career.”
Sead is currently majoring in International Political Economy at the College of Idaho, and hopes to attend an ivy-league law school in the future. On finding out he had been awarded the scholarship, Sead spoke of his “overwhelming surprise and delight,” going on to explain that he has aspirations of one day becoming a defense lawyer so that he might defend society’s most vulnerable people.
“I applied to the scholarship because I have a deep passion for law, and because I hold a deep curiosity for better understanding the development and application of law, especially on the international level,” said Sead, adding: “I believe in always chasing my passions, in whatever form they may come.”
Originally from Slovakia, Sead migrated to the U.S. with his family when he was just four years old in the wake of the Balkan crisis. He began his education in the U.S., eventually graduating from his high school class as valedictorian. Along with his interest in law, Sead is passionate about politics, and at just 21 years of age is a Democratic state-legislative candidate in Idaho’s 10thDistrict for the upcoming midterm elections.
When considering topics for the Lemberg Law Scholarship essay, Sead wanted to steer clear of arcane or unusual laws that would hold little relevance to ordinary citizens, instead settling on something that is fundamental to us all – a person’s right to work.
His essay compares and contrasts the different ways this topic is approached in the country of his birth and in the United States, explaining that in the Slovakian constitution, “Citizens shall have the right to work, whereas the United States has no likewise amendment.”
Sead goes on to discuss the impact this has on Slovakian society, noting that, “A state that ensures its citizens not only employment, but dignity in labor takes an admirable stance towards combatting poverty and its consequential effects.” Sead wraps up the essay by exploring how cultural differences between the two countries may account for the differing approaches to such a fundamental idea.