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Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship

“If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself... something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you."

“[I]f you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you.” RBG

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) Foundation is pleased to offer tuition scholarships to law students who plan to follow in the footsteps of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by fighting for social justice, equality and inclusion, and have a demonstrated commitment to issues affecting women, children, minorities, or other historically marginalized groups.  WLALA is an active bar association that seeks to promote the interests of women, and to promote equality and equal opportunity of all people.  The WLALA Foundation’s special projects include the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, which assists low income individuals in preparing and handling pro per family law matters; the Downtown Women’s Center, which is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row; and the Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, which provides financial assistance for special projects undertaken by law students working in the public interest.  WLALA’s numerous committees include a group that provides pro bono legal advice to victims of domestic violence.

As it did last year, the WLALA Foundation will award one-time tuition scholarships of a minimum of $5,000 for the 2022-2023 academic year to law students whose prior and current activities, and future plans demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women, children, racial minorities, or other historically marginalized groups.  The scholarships will be announced publicly at the WLALA Installation Dinner in the fall of 2022, which recipients are required to attend.  To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited law school, and plan to be so enrolled in the 2022-2023 academic year;
  • Upon graduation from law school, plan to practice law in Los Angeles County or engage in legal work that affects Los Angeles County; and
  • Be in the top fifty percent of their class. 

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Personal statement addressing your commitment to issues affecting women, children, minorities, and/or marginalized groups and how your commitment to public service will continue after law school graduation. The personal statement should also explain why you need the scholarship and how it will benefit you.  The personal statement must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 2 pages;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript, including grades for fall semester 2021 (an unofficial transcript is acceptable); and
  • Minimum one letter of recommendation (no more than three). 

Applications must be emailed to: info@wlala.org (please include “Scholarship Application” on the email subject line) or mailed to the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Attn:  Scholarship Applications, 634 South Spring Street, Suite 617, Los Angeles, CA  90014.  All applications must be received or postmarked no later than April 30, 2022.

Questions about the WLALA Foundation’s 2022-2023Tuition Scholarships should be directed to either of the Co-Chairs of WLALA’s Scholarship Committee:

Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell Scholarship

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) Foundation is pleased to offer the 2022 Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a woman high school senior, who is interested in the field of law or public service, and who was inspired in this career choice by the WLALA Foundation’s Power Lunch Program, the WLALA organization, or by a WLALA leader.

Judge O’Connell, a long-time board member of WLALA, created the Power Lunch Program to provide civic education, judicial mentorship and exposure to the judicial branch to local high school students. As part of the Power Lunch Program, students visit courthouses to have lunch with judges, lawyers, courtroom staff and members of law enforcement.

The recipient of the Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship will receive up to $5,000 and be announced publicly at the WLALA Installation Dinner, which recipients are required to attend.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a woman high school senior;
  • Interested in the field of law or in public service;
  • Inspired to pursue this career choice by:
  1. the WLALA Foundation’s Power Lunch Program;
  2. the WLALA organization; or
  3. a WLALA leader.

To apply, please submit all of the following information/materials:

  • Your contact information (name, email address, and phone number);
  • A personal statement addressing where you have applied to college and/or where you have been accepted into college, your career goals, and how you were inspired to pursue this career by the WLALA Foundation’s Power Lunch Program, the WLALA organization, or a WLALA leader. Your personal statement must be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of three pages;
  • Your high school transcript, including grades for fall semester 2021; and
  • A minimum of one letter of recommendation and a maximum of three letters of recommendation.

Email your completed application to: info@wlala.org (please include “2022 Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship Application” in the email subject line) or mail your completed application to Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Attn: 2021 2022 Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship Application, 634 South Spring Street, Suite 617, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

All applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2022.

Questions about the WLALA Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship should be directed to Kay Burt at info@wlala.org.

Beverly Reid O’Connell Scholarship Recipients

Anastacia Son

Anastacia Son 2021 BRO Scholarship Recipient Anastacia Son is a first year student at the University of California, San Diego and will be majoring in political science, specifically comparative politics.

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Helen Penuelas

Helen Penuelas 2020 BRO Scholarship Recipient Helen Penuelas is a first-generation college student attending California State University, East Bay to major in Criminal Justice. The career she wants to pursue

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Ananya Narayanan

Ananya Narayanan 2019 BRO Scholarship Recipient Ananya Narayanan is a first year student at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a

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Diana Flores

Diana Flores 2018 BRO Scholarship Recipient Ms. Flores is currently a first-year university student. She graduated from a law magnet high school which allowed her to explore a career in

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