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BLF Announces the Renamed Broussard Phoenix Fellowship!

Berkeley Law Foundation Announces the Renamed Broussard Phoenix Fellowship, Offering Scholarships to Diverse Berkeley Law 1L Students

BERKELEY, CA – March 2020: The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is delighted to announce the renaming of its longstanding Phoenix Fellowship in memory of the Honorable Justice Allen E. Broussard, with generous support from the Broussard Scholarship Foundation.

As a nonprofit dedicated to social justice and increasing diversity in the legal profession, BLF has offered its Phoenix Fellowship to first-year law students of color at UC Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law) since 1997. The Broussard Scholarship Foundation was established in memory of the Honorable Justice Allen E. Broussard (1929–1996).

Justice Broussard enrolled at Berkeley Law as one of three African Americans in his class, and graduated in 1953. After serving in the U.S. Army and working as an attorney, he began a long and distinguished judicial career. Justice Broussard served as a judge on the Oakland-Piedmont Municipal Court and the Alameda County Superior Court. In 1981, Justice Broussard was appointed to the California Supreme Court, becoming the second African American to sit on the court and serving until 1991.

Appointed to co-chair the California Judicial Council Committee on Race and Ethnic Bias in the Courts, Justice Broussard was in the forefront of studying attitudes about race and ethnic discrimination and the existence of racism in the courts. Recognizing that fairness in the courts is essential to a functioning democracy, Justice Broussard worked with the committee to identify and eliminate bias in the judicial system. He was also a member of the ABA Task Force on Minority Opportunities in the Profession.

Justice Broussard maintained his involvement with Berkeley Law students long after he graduated, mentoring students and new lawyers for the duration of his career. One of his most earnest goals was the diversification of the profession, and much of his work was aimed at making sure all minorities are given the opportunity to succeed. BLF will continue to offer its annual scholarship under the new name of the Allen E. Broussard Phoenix Fellowship. The Broussard Phoenix Fellowship provides tuition support to first-year students of color at Berkeley Law with a commitment to public interest work.

BLF Fellow Supports California Families Impacted by Incarceration

BLF’s 2016-17 fellow, Mihal Rose Ansik, has been working with a New Way of Life Reentry Project to support caregivers in California and to reform California law regarding the use of criminal convictions in the foster care process. Read more below about the amazing work Mihal has been doing!

Read About BLF’s New Fellows!

As we celebrate our fortieth anniversary this year, this fall BLF welcomed a new post-graduate fellow — Mihal Ansik — who is working with A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles on her Family Reunification Advocacy Project.  BLF is also proud to welcome two new Phoenix Fellows as first-year law students at Berkeley Law in the fall of 2016, Mariam Azhar and Ana Duong.

Welcome Mihal, Mariam, and Ana! See our newsletter for more details about our new fellows!

BLF Welcomes New Post-Graduate Fellow at ACLU and Two New Phoenix Fellows

In the fall of 2016, BLF welcomed its new post-graduate fellow Tasha Hill, who started her fellowship project entitled “Reducing LGBTIQ Criminalization and Discriminatory Incarceration in California Counties” through the ACLU of Southern California.

BLF was also proud to welcome two new Phoenix Fellows to Berkeley Law this fall, Hamza Jaka and Paul Monge Rodriguez.

Read more about Tasha, Hamza, and Paul in our newsletter!

BLF Announces 2015-16 Year-Long Fellow

Berkeley Law Foundation is thrilled to announce the selection of our year-long fellow for 2015-2016, Tasha Hill.


Tasha’s project at the ACLU of Southern California will work with California county Sheriffs’ Offices to reduce discriminatory profiling of LGBT people, as well as discriminatory conditions of confinement for LGBT people in county jails.  LGBT people are around three times more likely to be incarcerated than their straight/cisgender peers.  Once incarcerated, LGB people are ten times more likely and transgender people are twenty times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other inmates.  The project will provide “Know Your Rights” information and trainings to at-risk LGBT people, including youth, transgender women, people of color, and gay men.  The project will also work to reform Sheriffs’ Offices through staff training, advocacy, and litigation.

Tasha brings substantial professional advocacy experience to her work with vulnerable LGBT populations, having served for over a decade as deputy and executive director for LGBT organizations in Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Washington, D.C. Tasha is a 2014 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. While in school she co-founded the Criminal Justice Society and was instrumental in bringing a California prison parole curriculum to UCLA. During her law school summers, Tasha interned for Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Project, focusing on criminal justice issues and equal marriage. Prior to her fellowship, she clerked for the Central District of California.