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October 12, 2011

First-year students Everardo Mora and Raymond Rollan have been honored with scholarships from the Bar Association of San Francisco and California Bar Foundation.

Everardo Mora 1L (center) with Ann Kim (left) and Sanford Hartman from PG&E's legal department.

Mora was bestowed the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship at an Oct. 11 reception. He was one of four recipients who were selected based on financial need, academics, commitment to public service, and overcoming barriers. His scholarship was sponsored by PG&E.

Mora is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Mexico. He received his bachelors at UC Berkeley, where he was involved in numerous student activities. “He has an outstanding undergraduate record at UC Berkeley, very impressive since he worked extensively throughout college,” Director of Admissions Alan Guerrero said.

Rollan is the recipient of the California Bar Foundation’s 2011 Diversity Scholarship. He was honored as a Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP Scholar at a Sept. 22 reception that also featured California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Raymond Rollan 1L (left) with California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

“Ray is a remarkable person—working full-time during the day while attending law school at night. He truly deserves the recognition and support that this scholarship brings,” Co-Director of the Academic Support Program Carol Wilson said. “He has a very positive spirit that helps him manage the intense pressure that the combination of work and school bring.”

The Diversity Scholarships, which provide $7,500 to help alleviate the financial burden of attending law school, were presented to 21 California law students who demonstrated academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to the community. Recipients were selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants that hail from diverse communities underrepresented in the legal profession.

Rollan, who grew up in the Philippines, delivered donated books to poor local children as a child. Since immigrating to the United States at age 14, he has volunteered at a senior home facility, Habitat for Humanity, and the San Francisco LGBT Coalition.

Dana Isaac ’11, who was bestowed the 2011 Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship earlier this year, was also recognized in the California Bar Foundation’s Scholarship Awards 2011 booklet. The scholarship helps aspiring public interest lawyers pay for costs associated with taking the California Bar Exam.