2022 Winner: Josh Palackal

Bio: Josh (he/they) is a junior at Temple University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. Born and raised in Philadelphia to South Asian immigrant parents, they were faced with systemic inequity from a young age. Josh has a passion for criminal justice reform, having personally witnessed police harassment and seen the power of restorative justice firsthand. To advance changes to the criminal legal system, Josh has worked on multiple congressional campaigns supporting reform-minded candidates and has interned at the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department. Outside of political action, Josh is an avid baker and musician, playing piano, violin, ukelele, and vocals. He is honored to have been selected as the 2022 DP Law Encouraging Diversity Scholarship recipient and is thankful to The Law Offices of Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya for making it easier for him to graduate with minimal debt.

Reaction Statement: I was absolutely shocked to hear that I won the 2022 DP Law Encouraging Diversity Scholarship! Hearing the voicemail saying that I was chosen as the recipient of this award left me with a huge smile on my face. Now that I have won this scholarship, my education has become more financially accessible. I can more securely fulfill my movement lawyering dreams without the threat of student debt looming over my head, making me better able to serve my community and work towards dismantling the prison-industrial complex.



For information on this year’s DP Law Encouraging Diversity Scholarship, please visit our scholarship page.