Carver, Cantin and Mynarich, LLC Criminal Defense Scholarship

Carver, Cantin and Mynarich, LLC is a criminal defense firm in Springfield, Missouri. We aggressively defend people charged with crimes in federal court and Missouri state courts.

To give back to our community and to encourage students to accept the calling of representing people charged with crimes, we have created a scholarship for Missouri college students interested in pursuing a career as a criminal defense attorney.

Scholarship amount: One check for $1,500.00 will be paid directly to the winning student.

Eligibility Requirements:

-Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in Missouri and have earned a minimum of 72 credit hours by the July 15, 2020 deadline.

-Must submit an application by July 15, 2020. The application consists of 1) a cover letter explaining your current major, or why you are undeclared, and why you want to be a criminal defense attorney (no more than 400 words); 2) a college transcript (does not need to be a certified transcript); and 3) an essay.


In all state courts and in federal court, attorneys in civil cases are permitted to take depositions as part of the discovery process. It is different for criminal cases. In Missouri, criminal defense attorneys may depose witnesses as part of the discovery process. However, many other state courts (such as Illinois) and federal court do not allow depositions in criminal cases except under very limited circumstances.

Please answer the following two questions in 200 to 500 words for each question (a total of 400 to 1000 words for the entire essay). If you retype the question as a heading, the question will not be applied against the word count.

  • Why are depositions an important discovery tool for criminal defense attorneys to ensure their clients receive a fair trial?
  • What are your thoughts on the fact that all state courts and federal court allow depositions for civil cases but not for criminal cases?

Please submit your application (with all documents in pdf format) to by July 15, 2020.

When you submit your application, you are giving Carver, Cantin and Mynarich, LLC permission to use your name on our website and other social media sources as the winner of the scholarship. Only one winner will be selected.