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.
In the fall of 2018 BLF welcomed two new Phoenix fellows to Berkeley Law, and welcomed a new post-graduate fellow starting her work on Bridging the Probate Gap at the AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly in Washington, DC. Read more about all of their great work in our fall 2018 newsletter!
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 is holding its 19th Annual Auction Gala on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 7pm-12am, at HS Lordships Restaurant in the Berkeley Marina.
Purchase pre-sale tickets ($45) for the 2014 Auction Gala here:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/887018
Tickets will also be available at the door for $50.
Preview the items up for auction at http://www.32auctions.com/blf2014.
The auction is the primary fundraiser for the Phoenix Fellowship, a scholarship that provides major support to first-year Berkeley Law students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to pursuing careers in social justice. Since its inauguration, the Auction has become Berkeley Law’s largest and most popular event, drawing hundreds of current students, Berkeley alumni, Bay Area legal practitioners, and supporters.
BLF’s December 2012 newsletter has been published, which includes updates on new BLF fellow Sebastian Sanchez, 2011-2012 BLF fellow Lydia Edwards, the 2012 BLF Auction, and recent additions to the BLF Board.
Read the full newsletter!
Congratulations to BLF Phoenix Fellow Yanin Senachai, who has earned a 2012-2014 Skadden Fellowship. Yanin, who will be graduating from Berkeley Law in spring 2012, will be working at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center representing trafficked and exploited Thai low wage workers. Congratulations Yanin!
The Berkeley Law Foundation is pleased to announce that our 16th Annual Auction Extravanganza on November 11, 2011 raised approximately $41,000 for the Phoenix Fellowships, which will be awarded to incoming 1Ls from diverse backgrounds with an extraordinary commitment to social justice. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of Boalt faculty, students, firm sponsors and community donors for the making the Auction a success!
The full program is available here. Thanks especially to our auction sponsors for their generous commitment to the work of BLF and the Phoenix Fellowship:
CHAMPION OF DIVERSITY
Crowell & Moring, LLP
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
GUARDIAN OF DIVERSITY
Leonard Carder, LLP
Rosen, Bien & Galvan, LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
ADVOCATE OF DIVERSITY
Goodwin Procter, LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
SUPPORTER OF DIVERSITY
Alston + Bird, LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
Nixon Peabody, LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
This year’s Berkeley Law Foundation Auction will be held on November 11, 2011 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in downtown Oakland. The Auction is the primary fundraiser for the Phoenix Fellowship, a scholarship that provides major support to first-year Berkeley Law students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to pursuing careers in social justice. Click here for more information about the auction and to purchase tickets!
Congratulations to BLF’s newest Phoenix Fellows, who will be starting as 1L students at Berkeley Law this August!
Alejandro Francisco Delgado earned M.Phil and M.A. degrees in History from Yale University and a B.A. from Colgate University. He organized academic, service, and hotel workers with UNITE-HERE in and beyond New Haven, Connecticut, and more recently worked with Proyecto Defensa Laboral in Austin, Texas, providing legal assistance to undocumented construction workers. Alejandro is interested in working in legal aid, impact litigation, community outreach, and policy advocacy.
Maria Sofia Corona Gomez earned an M.A. in History from the University of Texas and a B.A. from California State University, Fresno. She has worked at California Rural Legal Assistance as a community worker since 2009, and has coordinated union campaigns and immigrant rights coalitions. Sofia is deeply committed to unincorporated communities in the Central Valley.