About the Award
In honor of the Reverend Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill, the university's Mother Rosalie Hill Award is presented annually to a university-wide alumnus/a who personifies the spirit and philosophy of the University of San Diego. Since 1991, the inaugural year the award was granted, there has only been one law school recipient.
Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award Recipients
from the School of Law
Sister Sally Furay ’72
Adjunct professor of law and School of Law legal clinic supervisor (1973-1993)
Vice president and provost of the University of San Diego (1972-1996)
- JD, 1972, University of San Diego
- PhD, 1955, Stanford University
- MA, 1952, San Francisco College for Women
- BA, 1949, Duchesne College
While vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, Sister Sally Furay proposed and taught a course on sex discrimination and the law for the School of Law. Remembering the process of putting together the curriculum back in 1974, she says that the law was “ripe with blatant sex discrimination,” and that “USD was on the cutting edge. No textbook existed at the time.”
Sister Furay started teaching literature and drama at USD's College for Women prior to its merger with the College for Men and the School of Law. While serving as the academic dean of the College for Women, she became interested in the legal aspects of college administration and decided to attend USD's School of Law. She passed the California Bar Examination in 1972 and went on to serve as USD's vice president and provost for 25 years.
Sister Furay has served on numerous professional, civic and legal committees, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association, vice president of the San Diego County Bar Association, chair of Senator Boxer's Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the Southern District of California, the first woman president of the Western College Association and board chair of the National Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.