The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee leads the alumni board in support of the law school’s efforts to recruit adiverse student body and provide support for students of diverse backgrounds to aid in their retention while fostering diversity and inclusion in the law school and greater community. The D&I Committee assists the Offices of Admissions, Career and Professional Development, Alumni/External Relations and Student Affairs, as well as, law school faculty, law student organizations, local bar organizations and alumni in determining ways to support and enhance diversity and inclusion.
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee can be emailed at USDLawAlumniDiversity@gmail.
Hon. Ana Espana ′79 (BA), ′82 (JD)
Victor M. Torres ’84 (BA), ’88 (JD)
Nicholas J. Fox ’11 (JD)
Shari Baurle Green
Shaka Johnson ’03 (JD)
Amos Alexander Lowder ′09 (JD)
Candi Mayes ’96 (JD)
Raquel Raymond ’14 (JD)
Maria Shih ’08 (JD)
Catherine Tran ′08 (JD)
Joy Utomi ′11 (JD)
Hon. Margie Woods ′80 (JD)
USD School of Law Diverse Organizations
- Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
- Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
- La Raza Law Students Association
- Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)
- Women's Law Caucus (WLC)
USD Diversity Resources
USD Diverse Alumni Affinity Groups
San Diego Diverse Professional Organizations
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
Filipino-American Lawyers of San Diego
San Diego Iranian American Bar Association
San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
South Asian Bar Association of San Diego
Tom Homann LGBT Law Association
Diversity Resources for Prospective Law Students
- Law School Admission Council
- Council on Legal Education Opportunity
- California Bar Foundation
Diversity Scholarships for Current Students
Christopher McCallister Memorial Scholarship
Family, friends and the Class of 2007 seeking to honor the leadership qualities and entrepreneurial spirit that were hallmarks of Chris McCallister’s life created this scholarship. An award is available to a third-year law student in good standing who contributes to the diversity of the law school and/or to the legal profession generally because of their socio-economic background, life experiences, personal circumstances, or other obstacles he/she may have overcome. Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial skills in professionally related endeavors or in community service or volunteer work (may include leadership roles in student-related activities and projects).
Congresswoman Lynn Schenk Endowed Law Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded to female law students who demonstrates tenacity and determination and who are of modest family economic circumstances. The awardees must be highly self-motivated (demonstrated by work outside of school and overcoming obstacles in pursuing education) and see challenges as enriching. The awardees must have knowledge and appreciation of the struggles of women in America for equality and of those who came before her to take on the struggles of equality. They must demonstrate a desire to open doors for others in the future. Additionally, the awardees must support the values of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a feminist bar association seeking to advance the status of women in the law and society. In addition to the application, the scholarship committee has requested that a supplemental 1-page statement be submitted prior to the final decision being rendered. The topic will be provided to the finalists.
Delroy Richardson Endowed Law Scholarship
San Diego Gas and Electric endowed this scholarship in memory of their long-time employee Del Richardson. Del was a USD alumnus who was active in community and campus diversity issues. Grants from the Richardson family, other alumni, law firms and corporate contributors have supplemented this endowment. This scholarship is awarded to a student who enriches diversity, demonstrates need and has evidence of strong academic achievement.
Gomez Trial Attorneys LGBT Scholarship
The Gomez Trial Attorney scholarship will provide an annual scholarship to a law student who is a member of the LGBT community or has demonstrated a commitment to the LGBT community. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need and is in good academic standing.
Gomez Trial Attorneys Gender Equality Scholarship
The Gomez Trial Attorney scholarship will provide an annual scholarship to a continuing law student. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need and is in good academic standing.
Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack LLP Diversity Scholarship
The Higgs, Fletcher & Mack Diversity Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to a student who has a demonstrated commitment to serving diverse communities. The scholarship supports the firm’s efforts to promote diversity in the San Diego legal community and will be provided to a third (or fourth) year law student.
LGBT Alumni Scholarship
The LGBT Alumni Scholarship will provide a scholarship to be awarded to an LGBT student at USD School of Law, including entering 1L students, who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT issues. Preference will be given to students who have overcome challenges in pursuit of their education.
Qualcomm IP Scholarship Program
The program provides an annual three-year award to three entering law students who are graduates of USD, the University of San Diego, California (UCSD) or San Diego State University (SDSU) and who have a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or advanced degree in one of the following fields of study: Engineering (including Electrical Engineering), Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Biologic Sciences, Bioengineering, Physics or Mathematics. Recipients must also demonstrate an interest in intellectual property or related areas of law. Under the terms of the grant, preference will be given to women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans entering the civilian workforce consistent with Qualcomm’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Program designed to address the relatively low numbers of women and minorities in the STEM fields.
Mary and Alan Schulman Scholarship
Students qualifying for two scholarships will be in the top half of the class and they must contribute to the diversity of the law school generally because of their socio-economic background, life experiences, personal circumstances or other obstacles they may have overcome.
Turner Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship has been funded by Vickie Turner, a past Distinguished Award recipient. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who enriches diversity, demonstrates need and has evidence of strong academic achievement.
The Vargas Scholarship Funded by a gift from USD Law Professor Jorge A. Vargas and his family, this scholarship is awarded to a student who enriches diversity, demonstrates need, has evidence of strong academic achievement and makes a formal commitment to improve relations between the United States and Mexico in the legal or judiciary areas.