First-Year Student DeClue Receives Eagleton Scholarship

Deona DeClue, Tom Minogue, and Barbara Eagleton

First-year law student Deona DeClue is the 2009–10 recipient of Thompson Coburn LLP’s Thomas F. Eagleton Scholarship. Named in memory of former U.S. Senator and firm partner Thomas F. Eagleton, the scholarship includes a monetary award, a paid summer internship at the firm, and one year of mentoring from a Thompson Coburn partner.

Eagleton’s wife, Barbara, several firm partners, and Peter Joy, vice dean and professor of law, recently presented DeClue with the scholarship at the law school.

“The law students who applied for the scholarship were outstanding, and the level of competition was high,” said Thompson Coburn Chairman Tom Minogue. “We’re confident that Deona is an outstanding law student who is an ideal recipient of the Eagleton Scholarship.”

DeClue holds degrees in industrial engineering and economics, and she formerly worked for IBM in Chicago before entering law school. During her time with the company, she founded Chicago Emerging Leaders, a networking and community service group for new IBM employees.

“I am honored to be the 2009–10 scholarship recipient,” DeClue said. “I am confident that the investment Thompson Coburn has made in me will help me become a well-rounded lawyer, one who, like Senator Eagleton, pursues excellence in the legal field and works with a strong commitment to serving the community.”

Previous scholarship recipients are now second-year law student Nicole Rivers and third-year law student Felicia Williams.