Young Zambian lawyer shines in USA

Change Chiimbwe, a Zambian born North Rockland High School Senior, has been awarded the $1,000 Catherine Miklitsch scholarship after she presented her essay on freedom of speech. 


Chiimbwe, who is 17 took part in the Law Day annually organised by the Rockland Counter Bar Association in order to celebrate the rule of law and U.S constitution. This year’s event was held under the theme of “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society,” which Chiimbwe, a Zambian immigrant, felt connected to. 

Her family used to live in both Zambia and South Africa but decided to move in order to pursue higher opportunities. 


Chiimwe will attend Columbia University in the fall, and is hoping to become an international human rights lawyer. 


“I think the best way to merge my need to help people with the way I write and speak joins together in the field of law,” Chiimbwe said. 


Born in Kitwe, Zambia, and coming to the United States at the age of five, Chiimwe writes poetry to honour the immigrant experience.  

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