Understanding the critical need for increasing diversity in the legal profession, the Foundation is launching a new scholarship program in 2008 to bolster the pipeline of racial and ethnic minorities entering law school and, ultimately, becoming lawyers. Although California's overall population is more than 53% minority, only 17% of the State Bar membership and approximately 30% of California law students are minorities. The Diversity Scholarship Program will provide critical financial assistance and confidence-building recognition to law students from communities underrepresented in the legal profession during the challenging first year of law school. Incoming first-year students at California law schools who have financial need and a desire to make an impact in the community will be eligible to receive scholarships of up to $7,500.
Donors to the Diversity Scholarship Fund make three-year, $10,000 per year commitments. In recognition of its gift, each donor is able to "name" one of the Diversity Scholarships each year for the duration of the pledge commitment and present the awards at the Foundation's annual Scholarship Reception, held each fall in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting. Donors also receive enhanced recognition as a member of the Foundation's Leadership Circle.
We deeply thank the following donors who have made 2011 commitments to the Diversity Scholarship Fund:
Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Fenwick & West LLP Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Fredrick and Christine Brown Girardi & Keese Howard Rice Keesal, Young & Logan, A Professional Corporation Lim Ruger Foundation Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Morrison & Foerster LLP The Morrison & Foerster Foundation Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Foundation Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP The Sidley Austin Foundation SNR Denton Southern California Edison, An Edison International Company Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
For information on giving to the Diversity Scholarship Fund, please contact Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 856-0780 ext. 303.
California Bar Foundation
180 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105 Phone (415) 856-0780