California Bar Journal
CBJ - June 2012 #04.
Bar Foundation awards dozens of scholarships
The California LawyerJune 2012Bar Foundation awards dozens of scholarships More than 30 aspiring public interest lawyers are getting some help pursuing their dreams thanks to law firms and the California Bar Foundation.
In May, California Bar Foundation and sponsor law firms gave Public Interest Scholarships totaling more than $100,000 to 21 top law students to help them pay for tuition and other expenses. Another 15 future public interest lawyers received scholarships to cover costs associated with taking the California Bar Exam.
Among those who will benefit from the two scholarship programs are a former mayor, Fulbright scholars, the founder of the Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project and a former radio producer who worked with Sudanese refugees.
This year's Public Interest Scholarship recipients will each receive up to $7,500 to help put a dent in their education loan debt, which averages $96,000. The scholarships recognize commitment to public service, academic record and financial need. Four of the top awards given through this program are named for the law firms that sponsor them - Latham and Watkins; Milstein Adelman; Munger, Tolles and Olson; and Seyfarth Shaw. Two others are memorial awards named for Jim Pfeiffer, the Bar Foundation's founding executive director, and Daniel S. Goodman, a longtime prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.
The Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarships, which are financially supported by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, are among just a few programs in the country that give bar exam-related aid. They recognize aspiring public interest attorneys who have excellent academic records and have shown a commitment to public service by, for example, volunteering at legal clinics and nonprofit organizations. The recipients, who were nominated by their law schools, will receive California BARBRI review courses valued at $3,500. The top five recipients also receive $2,000 in cash.
The Rosenthal scholarship winners' plans after graduation include federal and state judicial clerkships, indigent criminal defense work and advocating for immigrants and homeless veterans.
Recipients of the public interest scholarships are:
Golden Gate University School of Law: Jessica M. Brown (Daniel...