To receive the Harrison accolades, a recipient must possess many of the ideals and traits that Raymond Harrison instilled in Adam Leitman Bailey. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and strong academic achievement, while at the same time pursuing Mr. Harrison’s deep-seated values of success and the desire to make the world a better place through helping others. Raquel has been a paid intern at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. since the Fall of 2011. In the Spring, Raquel will graduate salutatorian of her class and has demonstrated the qualities required to become another Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship winner.
Degrees: Masters Degree for Special Education
Adam Leitman Bailey named Raquel Beckford the fifth annual recipient of the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship. Ms Beckford is a member of the 2012 graduating class of Peace and Diversity Academy High School. Adam Leitman Bailey started this scholarship in honor of his high school cross country and track coach, Raymond “Hap” Harrison. When the scholarship began it was awarded annually to a New Milford High School graduate, but the scholarship has been expanded to include students from other schools that share the same vision as Raymond Harrison. Mr. Bailey is a 1988 graduate of New Milford High School.
``Since working at ALBPC as an intern in 2011, my life has changed completely…, ALBPC’s Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship has made it possible for me to live out my dreams.”
Raquel graduates and updates us on her future
Raquel Beckford, a Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship winner graduated on May 22, 2016 from Trinity College. Ms. Beckford, who earned a BA in English will be starting her future career as a first grade teacher in the Bronx this June. In addition to working as a teacher, Ms. Beckford will be pursuing a masters degree for Special Education. She owes much of her success to Adam Leitman Bailey and the scholarship, stating: “I wanted to pursue a career in education but I did not have the tools necessary to make it a reality.
Prior to receiving the scholarship, I was concerned about how I would receive a quality education that I can afford. With The Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship, this dream has come to fruition as I have graduated from Trinity College with no college debt.” Graduating with no debt has given her the option to continue her education and follow her passion further. Ms. Beckford feels that her experience at the firm and Adam Leitman Bailey’s generosity have made her who she is today.
DOUBLE LIVES OF WORK AND STUDY
Young, in School and Employed
NEW YORK TIMES
Raquel Beckford, 18, in honors English class at Peace and Diversity Academy in the Bronx. She works part time at a law firm.
Describing the grind of holding a demanding job while studying to graduate from high school, she said: “You know that feeling when you get home and lay in bed and your whole body just hurts? I feel like that all the time.”
Raquel works three days a week after school at the law firm Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. in Manhattan, more than an hour’s ride by train from her home in the Bronx. She is salutatorian of her class at Peace and Diversity Academy and attends college classes two days a week.
Raquel lives with her mother, who is unemployed, and works to pay her own expenses, as well as to gain job experience.
``The good support system and I am always going to have him as a link. I think this link is never going to go away. He’s always going to be a contact of mine. So it pretty much changed my mind and the fact that I started working here right before the transition in my life...``
My name is Raquel Beckford and I have been interning here for about 6, 7 moths now. And I go to school in the Bronx. I am an intern but I kind of see my job as more than just an intern. When I first started here it was the scanning, the filing, the copying, going to get coffee or fruit. But actually helping attorneys do actual stuff, it’s demanding. You can just expect that you are just going to come here and coast and not doing your job. People are watching you. It’s a great job, but not a job where you can coast. You have to actually lift your weight. It gives you, [redacted] which is also good because you feel like when you are working and get good feedback from people “oh my god, it feels great.” So, you feel proud that you are doing your job.