Insights
Firm News

Farella Braun + Martel Awards 2020 Diversity Scholarships to Three Bay Area Law Students

April 9, 2020 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $30,000 in 2020 diversity scholarship grants to three Bay Area first-year law students.

For 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 $470,000 in scholarships to 80 local first-year law students.

“The selection committee, comprised of attorneys from Farella Braun + Martel and the legal department of Visa Inc., were tremendously impressed by all the applicants for the diversity scholarship,” said Eugene Mar, partner co-chair of the Diversity Scholarship Committee. “After a difficult selection process, we were very pleased to award our scholarships this year to Ezekiel Gorrocino, Leaje Morris, and Gabby Sergi. Their journeys to the legal field, the challenges they overcame along the way, the goals they have set for themselves, and their potential contributions to the legal profession and the community overall were inspiring. We look forward to even greater successes in Ezekiel’s, Leaje’s, and Gabby’s bright futures.”

Meet the 2020 scholarship recipients:

Ezekiel Gorrocino attends UC Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of La Raza Student Association and OUTLAW. Ezekiel earned his B.A. in public economy, and a minor in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. This summer, he will be a clerk with the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

Leaje O. Morris attends University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is an editor for the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy and is a member of the Berkeley Policy Review Project. Leaje earned her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gabby Sergi attends UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of La Raza Student Association, OUTLAW, and the Public Interest Law Foundation. She earned her B.A. in sociology with a concentration in criminology and law and society from the University of San Francisco. This summer, she will be a law clerk at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office in Oakland.

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/,

Contact:
Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
415.954.4433 / [email protected]

Firm Highlights

News

Year-End Planning After The Election: What Financial Advisors & Tax Pros Are Telling Clients About Future Tax Changes

Lauren Galbraith was quoted in the Forbes article "Year-End Planning After The Election: What Financial Advisors & Tax Pros Are Telling Clients About Future Tax Changes." Read the full article, here .

Read More
Event

North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference

Farella Braun + Martel is a proud underwriter of the North Bay Business Journal's 2020 North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference series. This live virtual event will explore new opportunities and challenges to the medical...

Read More
News

Farella’s Aviva Gilbert Honored With WWCDA Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award

SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Aviva J. Gilbert will be honored by the Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) with its Catherine...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, November 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across a number of practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® release of the “Best...

Read More
Publication

Electric Fence: Protecting Proprietary Rights in Collected Energy Data

Like companies in other industries, a growing number of modern energy-related companies are focusing their efforts on data collection and analysis. For example, Enphase – an energy technology company – regularly tracks data about how...

Read More
Publication

Privacy During Bankruptcy Proceedings: Why It Matters

During these particularly trying times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses of all sizes have been concerned about the future. As a result, considering potential liquidation or restructuring through bankruptcy is inevitably starting to...

Read More
Event

Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives From In-House Competition Counsel

Chris Wheeler is the moderator for the Association of Corporate Counsel San Francisco Bay Area Chapter program "Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives from In-House Competition Counsel." Overview: As the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital...

Read More
Event

Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives from In-House Competition Counsel

Chris Wheeler will moderate a panel in the discussion on "Antitrust and Technology: Perspectives from In-House Competition Counsel." As the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital revolution, attention in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere has...

Read More
Publication

SB 67 Moves California’s Cannabis Appellations Program Forward

In February of 2020, the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) issued its first iteration of the Cannabis Appellations Program (CAP) , which set forth proposed regulations for licensed cannabis cultivators to establish...

Read More
Publication

SEC Expands Definition of “Accredited Investor” – Here Are 5 Key Takeaways

The SEC recently adopted amendments to Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 that expand the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of eligibility based on professional knowledge...

Read More