Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2005 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

May 3, 2005 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 3, 2005):  Farella Braun + Martel LLP has awarded five first-year students at Bay Area law schools Diversity Scholarships totaling $25,000. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 

The awards, announced recently by the firm’s Diversity Committee, are offered each year to first-year law students from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds attending the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), the University of California (Hastings), the University of California, Davis (King Hall), Santa Clara University, Golden Gate University, the University of San Francisco and Stanford Law School. 

This is the fifth year that Farella Braun + Martel has awarded diversity scholarships to Bay Area law students. The recipients were selected based on a variety of factors, including academic accomplishments, ability to balance school with other activities, financial need and demonstrated commitment to serving both the legal profession and the community.

The firm’s Diversity Committee focuses its efforts on promoting diversity both within the firm and in the community at large.  Through educational workshops on diversity awareness, roundtable discussions, and other events directed to increase diversity within the firm, the Diversity Committee strives to foster an environment where everyone has equal access to opportunities for personal and professional growth.  The Diversity Committee also extends its support for diversity to the community by contributing to local and national organizations that advance diversity issues, sponsoring minority law student groups, and participating in pro bono activities that assist people from diverse communities and disadvantaged backgrounds.

"In addition to their outstanding academic, extracurricular and personal accomplishments, this year’s recipients have clearly dedicated themselves to the betterment of their communities through public service," said James H. Colopy, who co-chairs the firm's Diversity Committee with associate Ruth Ann Castro. "We are delighted to award these well-deserved scholarships as part of our ongoing efforts to promote diversity in our profession."

The five recipients of the 2005 Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarships are:

Deepika Bains:

Deepika is a student at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. Prior to entering law school, she served as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as a community organizer for the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition.  Deepika has been and continues to be involved with organizations such as the California Asylum Refugee Clinic and Feed with Flex (a program Deepika founded to urge students to use extra meal plan funds to buy food for a homeless shelter).  Deepika will be spending the summer working at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Tam Bui:

Tam attends UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. In addition to being a Fulbright Scholar, she has published two articles on the Vietnamese community in the Silicon Valley and served as an intern for Governor Gray Davis.  Tam will spend her summer interning at the Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington D.C.

Sushila Chanana:

Sushila attends UC Hastings Law School and concurrently does online coursework at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard Law School).  In addition to founding UC Berkeley chapter of INROADS (an organization that recruits diverse students for corporate internships), Sushila founded and served as president of a support group for victims of domestic violence.  Sushila will spend her summer clerking for Justice Ronald Boyd Robie of the California Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District, and for Judge David Krashna of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.

Tina Naicker:

Tina is a student at UC Hastings Law School.  Tina graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara and mentored at-risk youth though her involvement with the Fresh Lifelines for Youth (F.L.Y.) program.

Bryant Yang:

Bryant attends UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall.  Prior to entering law school, Bryant conducted research on HIV employment discrimination in South Africa, served as a Police Review Commissioner, and provided consultation services to the World Bank.  Bryant has been named one of the "Top 30 Under 30 Most Influential Asian Pacific Americans" by Political Circus. 

About Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national reputation for the acumen of its business practice, the high profile cases of its complex commercial litigation practice and its prestigious client base. Based in San Francisco, the firm serves a broad range of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses. The firm also has an office in the Napa Valley focused on the wine industry and related businesses.   

Press Contacts: 
James Colopy
Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
415.954.4978

Cheryl Loof
Marketing Manager
415.954.4433

Firm Highlights

Publication

Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in Oklahoma and Texas

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 12th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In previous episodes, we...

Read More
Publication

Advice for Nonprofit Investment Committees From an Investment Advisor

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 82, we revisit the duties of directors in managing investment assets. Joining Cynthia Rowland today is Jennifer Nelson, Senior Wealth Manager...

Read More
News

Farella Advises TILT Holdings Inc. on $10.5M Loan Transaction

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised TILT Holdings Inc. , a global provider of cannabis business solutions, and its Pennsylvania subsidiary, grower and processor Standard Farms, on a $10.5 million loan transaction...

Read More
Publication

Nonprofit Book Review: ABA Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In today’s episode, Cynthia Rowland’s guest is Bill Boyd, one of the editors, along with Lisa Runquist, of the newly published fourth edition of...

Read More
News

Chambers USA 2024 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers, Practices

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 16 lawyers and six practice areas in the legal directory’s 2024 edition. Individual California and Western U.S. Rankings: Sarah Bell &ndash...

Read More
News

Ex-DraftKings Exec Seeks Fast Trial To Test Noncompete Law

Holly Sutton, chair of Farella's Employment Law Group, provided expert commentary to Law360 for the article "Ex-DraftKings Exec Seeks Fast Trial To Test Noncompete Law." Read the article here (subscription required).

Read More
Publication

How to Navigate California Wage Statement Penalties After Naranjo v. Spectrum

On May 6, 2024, the California Supreme Court, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services Inc. , clarified that an employer is not liable for statutory penalties for inaccurate wage statements when it had a...

Read More
News

City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

Read More
Publication

7 Ways Companies and Content Creators Can Navigate Copyright Law for a Successful Partnership

In recent years, the advent of the social media “influencer” has revolutionized advertising. Companies often partner with influencers to market their products, hoping to tap into the influencer’s devoted audience. Likewise, influencers create certain content...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2024 Bay Area Best Places to Work

Read More