Southwestern Students Receive California Bar Foundation Scholarships
First-year students Jahmy Stanford Graham and Martha S. Torres-Ortiz were recently awarded California Bar Foundation Scholarships through the organization's Diversity Scholarship Program. Of the 28 scholarships distributed to students at law schools throughout the state, 18 of the top awards are named after California law firms and corporations.
The Foundation distributed the Diversity Scholarship awards at a reception featuring Hon. Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at the offices of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles. Since the Foundation launched the Diversity Scholarship Program in 2008, it has awarded more than $420,000 to 70 California law students.
"Being selected as a Cal Bar Foundation Diversity Scholar is a tremendously humbling experience," said Graham, a first-year evening student who was named the Girardi & Keese Scholar. "I am extremely honored to be selected as a named scholar in particular and I fully intend to live up to the expectations of such an honor." Graham also serves as a clinical assistant for Southwestern's legal clinics.
The Diversity Scholarship Program aims to bolster the pipeline of diverse individuals entering the legal profession. With awards of up to $7,500, the Scholarships help alleviate the significant financial burden of attending law school and provide confidence-boosting recognition to law students during their crucial first year. Recipients, who come from communities underrepresented in the legal profession, were selected from a competitive pool of more than 250 applicants based on academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to the community. (Photo courtesy of the California Bar Foundation)