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Testimonials From Past Scholarship Recipients

Testimonials From Past Diversity Scholarship Recipients

“My first year of law school has definitely been one of the toughest years, and I'm glad that Farella became one of the highlights of it. After a very emotionally draining year, receiving the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship gave me hope again, because it made me feel like others truly believed in me and believed in what I could accomplish.

 

As a low-income, first generation college student, and the daughter of Cambodian and Chinese immigrants, navigating the mechanics and finances of both a legal education and profession are very tough without the support of outside resources. That is why I am definitely proud and grateful that Farella works towards promoting diversity – a concept much needed today if our goal is to create a more just and equitable society. Law is a powerful tool to effect social change, and thus diversity in the legal profession is more important than ever.  I am truly thankful for their support and belief, especially because it will support me in my work this summer with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.”

Jenny Chhea, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 2017 scholarship recipient.

 

“I am thankful for the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship that has immensely eased my financial burdens during such a critical time of my law school career. As a first generation law student, navigating the intricacies of law school can be overwhelming, but Farella has provided a valuable support system that has made my 1L year a huge success. The scholarship allowed me to focus on my academic goals, while pursuing my passion for public service and social justice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Farella’s nationally renowned diversity initiatives and programs provide life-changing opportunities for underrepresented law students like myself who are committed to using the law as a vehicle for positive change. Every partner, associate, and staff member that I met at Farella has welcomed me with open arms and it is truly amazing to know that I have professional mentors that will continue to support me in reaching my career goals and aspirations. I sincerely appreciate Farella’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and I am honored to be one of the 2017 diversity scholarship recipients. Thank you, Farella!”

Chelsea Davis, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 2017 scholarship recipient

 

“I am truly honored, blessed, and grateful to be a recipient of the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship. Receiving this award has been the apex of my 1L year. The financial support that this award provided was crucial in helping me fund my legal education. But more importantly, this prestigious award also opened the door to a network of top attorneys at Farella Braun + Martel. As a first-generation student, the guidance, advice, and availability they provided was invaluable.

 

Farella Braun + Martel’s commitment to diversity is inspiring. Because of its efforts, many individuals like myself have an opportunity to succeed in this profession. I look forward to making the most of this opportunity and proudly representing Farella Braun + Martel as a Diversity Scholar.”

Priyank Patel, U.C. Hastings School of Law, 2017 scholarship recipient

 

“Receiving the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship has been such a tremendous blessing to my family and me. It was truly the best part of my 1L experience. During my first semester at Berkeley Law, I remember always feeling anxious about the financial debt I was incurring and my ability to succeed as a lawyer. The day I received the Farella scholarship was one of the best days of my life! The Farella Diversity Scholarship made me feel empowered and gave me a huge boost of confidence, as it lessened my financial burden. The partners, associates, and staff at Farella are truly amazing people who not only care about me, but they care about diversity in the legal profession, which in itself is very empowering and inspirational.

 

I thank Farella for believing in people like me, and for supporting my dream of becoming a lawyer.”

Mary M. Griffin, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 2016 scholarship recipient.

 

“Receiving the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship was the pinnacle of my 1L year. This scholarship alleviated the financial constraints I faced while finding work in the public interest sector. With the help of Farella, I am able to pursue my passion for education reformation this summer. I believe education is a basic human right; and this scholarship has allowed me to work for an organization that harbors this same ideal. As a former teenage mother who once attended an alternative high school, I understand just how lasting the effects of receiving a sub-par education can be. As a result, I came to law school to fight for others who have also been deprived that right to have a chance like I did.

 

Not only was the money helpful, but so were the associates and partners of Farella. The key to success in law school, or life in general, is social support. As a first generation college and law student, I did not come into law school with the same level of cultural capital as many of my peers. However, that anxiety has ceased since Farella came into my life. I can rest assured knowing that whatever questions I may have, the associates and partners at Farella will answer them.  Words cannot express my gratitude towards the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship is helping to make things that are impossible for people like me possible. Thank you for your support!”

Amy McKelvey, U.C. Hastings School of Law, 2016 scholarship recipient.

 

“While the first year of law school is filled with many exciting and memorable experiences, learning that I had been selected as a recipient of the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship was a highlight of my 1L year. In addition to receiving the generous financial support from the program, I also knew that I would be joining a community of professionals who were as committed as I was to diversifying the legal profession. As the demographics of the United States continue to change, there is an urgent need to ensure that the next generation of lawyers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors genuinely reflect the growing diversity of our country and the communities they serve.

 

Receiving this scholarship award is not only a personal honor, but it has truly made a difference in my financial circumstance, allowing me to focus on pursuing my professional interests in law and public policy here in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I was born and raised. With the sense of security that comes with Farella’s support, I am able to invest greater energy in my public service and leadership responsibilities, including in my role as a newly appointed member of the University of California Board of Regents. By accepting this scholarship, I am also accepting the responsibility of honoring Farella’s vision of building a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.”

Paul Monge-Rodriguez, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 2016 scholarship recipient.

 

“Receiving the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship was the highlight of my 1L year. For one, the scholarship allowed me to pursue a public interest internship at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office during my 1L summer. It also motivated me even further to make my Farella family proud of my academic achievements. Indeed, Farella is home to some of my closest mentors. Knowing that they recognize my potential and are cheering for me is truly empowering. As a first-generation professional, I am blessed to have Farella’s guidance and support through my journey as I attend one of the nation’s best law schools.

I appreciate Farella for valuing diversity in the legal profession as well as being proactive in creating opportunity for high school students, law students, and professionals from underrepresented backgrounds. For underrepresented students like myself, the path towards a law degree is filled with many obstacles, but Farella’s generosity and dedication to helping grow diversity in the legal profession helps level the playing field. As a Latina, I am particularly grateful to Farella for creating opportunity for the educational and professional advancement of ethnic minority women.”
Martha Camarillo Freston, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 2015 scholarship recipient.

“Surviving law school is all about having a strong support system that can help you navigate the intricacies of law school. Personally, I didn’t have that support since I was a first generation college and law student. However, through this scholarship the attorneys and staff at Farella Braun + Martel have become my support system, and their guidance has been invaluable. As an emancipated minor, I didn’t have anyone who genuinely believed that I would become an attorney; Farella was the first to believe I would succeed, which means the world to me. Immediately upon becoming a Farella diversity scholarship recipient I was welcomed into the Farella family. The firm provides an enormous amount of resources to their scholarship recipients and these are as valuable, if not more valuable, than the financial support provided. Nevertheless, this scholarship did alleviate the financial constraints I was faced with while searching for my 1L summer job. I was able to find work in the field of my choosing, because I had secured my summer financial situation through this scholarship. There are not enough words to express the amount of gratitude I have towards Farella. I am truly honored to be one of the 2015 diversity scholarship recipients. Thank you, Farella!”
Amanda Depuy, U.C. Hastings College of the Law, 2015 scholarship recipient.

“The Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship has changed my life for the better. It has given me the financial resources to pursue my summer judicial externship and my future studies without the heightened anxiety and stress brought by student loans. It has given me a strong network of professionals who graciously mentor and support me in my future legal pursuits. Most importantly, the scholarship has given me a sense of camaraderie and belonging—every partner, attorney, and staff member that I have met at Farella Braun has shown me an unparalleled level of kindness, respect, and support. It is this genuine connection that I value most, and that will support me through the rest of law school and my future legal career.

In this sense, Farella Braun + Martel’s Diversity Scholarship truly invests in the value of diversity. And the investment pays dividends—fellow scholarship recipients and I can look forward to important, meaningful, long-lasting professional relationships with Farella attorneys and staff. I am thankful for their commitment to making the legal profession as inclusive as possible, and forever grateful for supporting my success and the success of fellow scholarship recipients.
Hector Emilio Corea, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 2015 scholarship recipient.

"The Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship has been the most rewarding gift I have thus far received in law school. The scholarship enabled me to spend my 1L summer working with the National Indian Education Association, supporting my own and other Native communities through the avenue about which I am most passionate - education. I was only able to pursue this dream internship because I was bringing my own summer funding with me. More than the financial support, I was blown away by the community that came with the scholarship. Starting at the reception and continuing through numerous emails, meals, and other events, I am thankful for the Farella friends and mentors who so proactively seek to support me in any way that they can. Those personal relationships have been remarkable. Furthermore, the excitement that Farella shared about Native issues inspired me in my work as co-president of my school's Native American Law Students Association. Seeing accomplished professionals who do not traditionally work in Indian Law sympathize to such a degree with my career goals, which are totally Native-centric, led to the vision for our conference this year which seeks to illuminate the Native perspective within legals fields that are not traditionally considered Native-related. The Farella Diversity Scholarship is an amazing, truly supportive, and far-reaching gift."
Sarracina Littlebird, Stanford Law School, 2014 scholarship recipient.

"As a first generation college and law student, the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship was a lifeline for me. It allowed me to pursue my summer employment and focus on honing my legal writing skills at a critical time of my law school career, without the added pressure of finding funding to do so. Being independent and working since a young age to put myself through college and law school, the scholarship allowed me to freely pursue my work with the University of California’s General Counsel Office, working on legal issues that touch the broad mission of education and policy within our state. Farella is a truly unique law firm, because of its real investment in diversity (as evidenced in its multiple diversity programs, starting at the high school level) and commitment to creating equality within the legal profession. Setting up, funding, and sustaining such diversity programs require significant human and capital investment. Farella does this and much more, as evident in setting trends and standards that other law firms follow. Further, the attorneys and staff at Farella were so wonderful and helpful with their time and assistance. They warmly embraced me and we have built meaningful, long-lasting professional relationships. They did mock interviews with me and reviewed my resume, giving me concrete real world advice that helped me succeed in my legal job interviews. They invested their time and effort into me. I know they will continue to be a resource for me as I continue to build my legal career and beyond. I am grateful and humbled by their continued assistance and investment in my success and the success of the other scholarship recipients."
Andrew Demirchyan, U.C. Hastings College of the Law, 2014 scholarship recipient.