Elle D’Amore was a light of compassion. When a friend shared her battle with insomnia, Elle gave her a weighted blanket to encourage a good night’s sleep. When Elle learned that a family she barely knew was grieving a death, she sent flowers to let them know they were not alone. Wherever she went, Elle brought gifts and an open heart. Whomever she was with, Elle made sure they felt seen and cared for.
Elle also had a talent for bringing people together. As an undergraduate resident assistant at New York University, Elle welcomed new students with personalized door signs. Professors at The University of Chicago Law School noticed the close sense of community among the Class of 2022, which friends attributed to Elle’s engaging personality. Everyone looked forward to watching Elle take on the role of orientation leader in her second year.
Elle valued family and community connection and believed that these were instrumental in helping her reach for and achieve her lofty educational goals. In 2015, Elle graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a major in philosophy and psychology. She served as an intern at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and worked as a paralegal for four years before enrolling in law school.
As a member of the aforementioned Class of 2022 at the University of Chicago Law School, Elle was enrolled in the law school’s Doctoroff Business Leadership Program, and an active member of the Law Women’s Caucus, the Women’s Mentoring Program, the Hemingway Society, and the Impact Initiative. She had been recently elected as the 2L representative to the Law Students Association, the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee.
In addition to handling this busy schedule of coursework and community service, Elle also lived with nocturnal seizures – but refused to let this stop her from setting impressive goals and relentlessly pursuing them.
Elle D’Amore, 26, passed away after experiencing a brain seizure in May 2020.
Her father, founder of the D’Amore Law Group, and mother, the firm’s director of marketing and business strategy, established the scholarship to honor the life, leadership, grace and compassion of their incredible daughter, Elle D’Amore.
It is their hope that recipients of the Elle D’Amore Law School Scholarship will enjoy their law school experience, build lifelong friendships, and take a little bit of Elle’s light with them in their post-graduation adventures.