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June 2011 Bar Bulletin

UW Law School Announces 2011 Gates Scholars



UW School of Law is proud to announce the five recipients of the 2011 Gates Public Service Law Scholarship. Gates PSL Scholars have the opportunity to attend the UW School of Law and then pursue public interest law without the crushing burden of educational debt.

The scholarship program covers all cost of tuition, books, room and board and incidental expenses during law school. In exchange, students dedicate five years to public service. The financial assistance provided by the scholarship allows them to move directly into jobs doing what they love — providing public service to those in need.

The Gates Public Service Law Program exists because the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wished to honor Bill Gates Sr., University of Washington School of Law Alumnus 1950, for his career-long dedication to public service. In his current role as co-chair of the Foundation, he continues his commitment to service on the global stage.

Join us in welcoming the 2011 recipients:

Stephen Coger attended the University of Arkansas, located in a region of anti-immigrant sentiment and policies, where he founded OMNI for Peace, Justice and Ecology, a grassroots organization that empowers youth through sharing cultures and fellowship. In 2009, Coger was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and served in a teacher training college in Argentina. Coger plans to "teach abroad, practice in Arkansas and ultimately run for office" when he completes his law degree.

Shelley Halstead has traveled and lived around the world while working in less-advantaged communities in Europe and India. In 2004, she joined the March for Women's Reproductive Freedom in Washington, D.C. and marks that event as the turning point in her public service interest. Halstead's biggest challenge at the law school will be her career transition, moving from her work in labor and construction to public service law. She envisions herself "working with low-wage-earning women and women of color to help them understand their rights in the workplace and at home."

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