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May 22, 2009

Christina Gallagher Nelson '88 recently hosted an estate planning seminar for the University of San Francisco, volunteering her time to share sound estate planning practices.

Christina Gallagher Nelson '88 (right), event honoree, with her father (middle) and Barbara Moser '90.

This event is just one example of the many ways Nelson has served the USF community since graduating from the law school in 1988. In recognition of her years of service, the USF School of Law presented Nelson with the John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow Award at an April reception in her honor.

"If this award is about mentoring and service, it’s an easy pick," Dean Jeffrey Brand said. "Tina has spent the last 21 years at service to the community."

In addition to volunteering for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and Open to Hope Foundation, Nelson has mentored LLM and second-year JD students, held on-campus student interviews, participated in numerous law school and alumni events, provided financial support to the law school, and served on the USF School of Law Board of Governors, Law Assembly, and Women Lawyers Committee. She is also on the advisory board of the Estate Planning Society and has held several estate planning workshops for the university.

Visiting Professor John Osborn said that Nelson’s assistance was invaluable for the law school’s Estate Planning Society, an organization of students interested in the estate planning field. "We needed to find alumni who would help us...and Tina said 'What can I do, when can I do it, let's get it done,'" Osborn said.

When accepting her award, Nelson said that in her mirror are images of the people who make her who she is—including her parents, who exemplified what it means to take care of others, USF School of Law faculty and staff, and mentors in her legal career.

"I realize this (award) is not mentor of the year, it is mentors of the year. It's not mine—it is (for) all these wonderful people...that are a part of my world," she said.