California Bar Journal
CBJ - November 2008 #06.
Bar Foundation awards scholarships to 57 law students
California Bar Journal November 2008 Bar Foundation awards scholarships to 57 law studentsFifty-seven California law students have been awarded public interest or diversity scholarships totaling more than a quarter million dollars from the California Bar Foundation. The recipients attend 17 different schools and join 530 lawyers who have received more than $2.2 million in public interest scholarships since 1992.
"Today there is only one California legal aid lawyer for every 8,361 low-income Californians who need legal help, while there is one private lawyer for every 250 clients who can afford our services," said Jeff Bleich, a member of the foundation's board.
«But the high cost of law school, with law students graduating with as much as $100,000 in student loans, prevents many new lawyers from pursuing public interest jobs and helping narrow this 'justice gap.' The scholarship program is a way of saying, 'if you commit to serving the people of this state, we'll commit to helping you get a legal education.'»
The public interest scholarship recipients are nominated by their schools for a demonstrated commitment to public service, academic excellence and financial need. They receive up to $7,500. Six top scholars received scholarships named for law firms that each made $30,000 commitments to the program in 2007. A seventh received the Jim Pfeiffer Scholarship, named for the late founding executive director of the foundation.
The first diversity scholarships were awarded to 20 incoming law students from communities underrepresented in the California bar. Eleven law firms pledged $30,000 each to fund the program over three years. Diversity recipients were selected from among 200 applicants, including a Cambodian refugee, children of Latino farmworkers, an Ethiopian immigrant and an ordained minister.
The public interest scholarship winners and their law schools are:
Sheba Saroia and Matthew Justin Wechter, Chapman UniversitySeth Lichenstein-Hill, Golden Gate UniversityNeda Mashayekhi, Celida B. Miramontes and Cindy Panuco, LoyolaAlicia L. Hinton,
San Joaquin College of LawMolly Brennan,
Santa Clara UniversityTiffany Woo,
SouthwesternEunice Hyunhye Cho (Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP Scholar), Yara Lomelí-Loibl...