USD Law Students Take Home Prized Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Scholarships

San Diego (November 20, 2013) – The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association hosted its 37th Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel in downtown San Diego. The event featured a reception, silent auction and dinner, with a keynote address by District Attorney Jacki Lacey.

Three USD law students took home scholarships and were recognized at the event, which serves as an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the exceptional achievements of attorneys, judges, community leaders, businesses and organizations in San Diego.

Bradley Muldrow, LaShanta Racquel Raymond and Vernon Evans each took home scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The financial scholarships were awarded to law students who have attained academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to community and public service.

Third-year USD law student Bradley Muldrow received the 2013 Kathy Payne Scholarship ($2,500). In his second year of law school, Muldrow served as the academic affairs chair for USD’s Black Law Students Association and competed in the Western Regional Black law Students Association’s Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. He and his moot court partner won the “Best Respondent Brief” award at the competition. He was awarded a 2013 USD Advocates for Children and Education (ACE) Award for his work as an education liaison with USD’s ACE program. Muldrow currently serves as co-president of USD’s Black Law Students Association and interns for Judge Ronald S. Prager, San Diego County Superior Court.

Third-year USD law student LaShanta Racquel Raymond received the 2013 Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Scholarship Award ($2,500). Raymond is a veteran of the United States Navy and was the recipient of a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Training (NROTC) Scholarship. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry from the University of San Diego. Raymond also obtained a paralegal certification from University of San Diego, and while working as a patent prosecution paralegal, she discovered a love of intellectual property law. Her position as regional manager for patent and trademark support further motivated her to go to law school. Raymond is now pursuing an intellectual property (IP) concentration at USD School of Law.

Third-year USD law student Vernon Evans received a 2013 Judicial Scholarship ($1,000). Evans received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, attended Thomas Jefferson Law School for one year, and transferred to USD School of Law in his second year. Evans competed in the Western Regional Black law Students Association’s Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. He and his moot court partner won the “Best Respondent Brief” award at the competition and went on to represent USD at the national competition in Atlanta. Interested in corporate and criminal law, Evans interned at Sony Electronics’ legal department in the spring of 2013 and externed with Judge John A. Houston, United States District Court, in the summer of that same year.

To be considered for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Scholarships, applicants completed an application, a 1000-word essay, and an optional letter of recommendation.

About the EBGBA

EBGBA is named in honor of the late Earl B. Gilliam, who was the first African‐American United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California, and the first African‐American to serve as a San Diego County Superior Court Judge.

The organization represents the interests of African-American attorneys, judges, law professors and students in the county of San Diego. The non-profit organization’s mission statement communicates its commitment to “defending the legal and human rights of African-Americans; eliminating the root causes of poverty, powerlessness and racism; preserving the high standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; and promoting the professional and personal interests of individual members.”

EBGBA includes individuals who are, or have been, judges, professors, and officers of the National Bar Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the California Association of Black Lawyers, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. Many continue to serve in leadership positions on boards and committees of the State Bar of California and other organizations.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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