National Association of the Deaf

NAD Announces First Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship Recipient



Lisa BothwellThe National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that Lisa Bothwell, a fourth-year law student at Loyola University in New Orleans, is the first recipient of the Nancy J. Bloch Leadership & Advocacy Scholarship. 

Bothwell recently completed her tenure as a student attorney at the Loyola Law Clinic. As a student attorney, she handled fair housing discrimination complaints and represented indigent clients in cases where landlords withheld security deposits. She has also clerked for the Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder and the Bastrop County Courthouse in Bastrop, Texas and the Advocacy Center in New Orleans, La. She is a member of the Louisiana Work Pays Committee, which advocates for employment for people with disabilities. 

Additionally, Bothwell has assisted the NAD with its intake of deaf truck drivers for their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exemptions through her work for Stein & Vargas, LLP.

Before beginning law school in 2009, Bothwell worked as an Outreach and Training Specialist at the Advocacy Center and as the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) National Public Relations Specialist for Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI). 

Bothwell received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Texas State University-San Marcos. As an undergraduate, she engaged in grassroots advocacy as a student body senator by reinstating American Sign Language classes to the curriculum and promoting access to closed captioning on campus.  

“We are pleased to