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Farella Braun + Martel Awards 2019 Diversity Scholarships to Three Bay Area Law Students

May 7, 2019 Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the 2019 Diversity Scholarship recipients. The firm has awarded a total of $30,000 in scholarship grants to Bay Area first-year law students Tempestt Edward, Henry Leung, and Alexandra McInturf. Thank you to Visa Inc.’s legal department for collaborating with Farella on the scholarship program this year. 

For almost 20 years, the scholarships have been at the heart of Farella’s efforts to support outstanding diverse students on their way to becoming lawyers. The Diversity Scholarship program is open to 1L Bay Area law students of underrepresented groups whose background or personal experience would contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. Scholarship recipients are chosen based upon a combination of merit and financial need. To date, the firm has awarded $440,000 in scholarships to 77 local first-year law students.

“Congratulations to scholarship recipients Tempestt, Henry, and Alexandra! You each impressed our selection committee with your outstanding academic accomplishments and dedication to the community,” said Eugene Mar, partner co-chair of the Diversity Scholarship Committee. “We wish you well in your terrific summer positions and journeys toward becoming a lawyer.”

“It is truly rewarding to meet the IL students at the kick off reception, read the inspiring applications, and award scholarships that really make a difference and support a student’s dream of becoming a lawyer,” said Winston Liaw, senior associate co-chair of the Diversity Scholarship Committee.

2019 scholarship recipients:

Tempestt Edward attends the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is an incoming board member for the Law Students of African Descent and the Women of Color Collective at Berkeley Law. She is also a legal volunteer for the Workers’ Rights Clinic, an editor on the Berkeley Law Journal of African American Law and Policy, and a member of the La Raza Law Students Association. Tempestt earned her B.A. in communications studies and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She will be a summer associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Henry W. Leung also attends the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He is a student counselor at the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic in Berkeley. Henry earned his B.A. in English from Leland Stanford Junior University, and received his M.F.A from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. This summer, Henry will be an intern for the Code Enforcement Team of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

Alexandra McInturf attends the University of California Hastings, College of Law. She is a member of the Vietnamese American Law Society as well as the Asian American Bar Association. Alexandra earned her B.A. in sociology with a minor in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis.  This summer, Alexandra will serve as a legal intern at the Chief Counsel’s office with the California Energy Commission in Sacramento. 

Farella Braun + Martel is a leading Northern California law firm representing corporate and private clients in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Clients seek our imaginative legal solutions and the dynamism and intellectual creativity of our lawyers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and maintain offices in the Napa Valley that are focused on the wine industry.

Learn more about diversity + inclusion at Farella at https://www.fbm.com/diversity-inclusion/.

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