California Bar Journal
CBJ - November 2012 #05.
Bar foundation awards diversity scholarships
The California LawyerNovember 2012Bar foundation awards diversity scholarshipsMore than a dozen outstanding new law school students, from a former fellow in the governor's office, to an AmeriCorps' JusticeCorps intern and a military police officer, are getting a helping hand paying for their legal education thanks to the California Bar Foundation.
Last month, the foundation presented its annual Diversity Scholarships, totaling $142,550, to 19 law students. Chosen from a pool of more than 220 applicants, the scholarship recipients will each receive $7,500. They were selected based on academic excellence, financial need and commitment to the community.
"Though there were many strong applicants, those selected rose to the top because of their academic excellence, resilience in the face of adversity, and dedication to giving back to their communities," said Joan Kupersmith Larkin, chair of the Foundation Scholarship Committee and partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Given for the fifth year, the scholarships acknowledge incoming law school students who hail from communities that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Sandra Fujiyama, a partner with Sidley Austin, one of the law firm sponsors of the program, said the goal of the scholarships is also to promote greater diversity and inclusivity for the legal profession as a whole.
"These students have impressed us not only with their academic achievements and compelling life experiences, but also their deep commitment to community leadership," she said.
This year's recipients were honored at an Oct. 4 ceremony at the Southern California Gas Co. in Los Angeles featuring Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers. The foundation also gave 21 Public Interest Scholarships at the reception. Announced in April, those scholarships recognize students who aspire to be public interest lawyers.
The diversity scholarships are funded by law firms and corporations who have made multimillion-dollar commitments to the program including: Arnold and Porter LLP; Calvo Fisher and Jacob LLP; Cox, Castle and Nicholson LLP; Fenwick...