December 2012 Bar Bulletin
KCBF Honors Bar Scholar Recipients
Fifty-eight students at the University of Washington and Seattle University schools of law were honored November 7 as the King County Bar Foundation's Bar Scholars for 2012-2013.
The annual reception, held at the Seattle law offices of Perkins Coie, was attended by some 70 guests, including donors, current and past Bar Scholars, KCBF, KCBA and YLD trustees, and college faculty and staff.
SU Law Dean Mark Niles, SU Associate Dean Donna Deming and UW Associate Dean Mary Hotchkiss introduced their schools' respective Bar Scholars. Debra Ahkbari, a 3L at SU, and Lauren Jacobs, a 1L at UW, shared how the KCBF minority law student scholarship fund has enabled them to pursue their law degrees.
The Foundation is one of the largest single providers of scholarships for minority law students in Washington. Last year, $125,000 was distributed to the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools for this purpose. Since 1970, more than 700 scholarships, totaling $1,937,850, have been awarded. Fifty percent of scholarship recipients are now practicing in King County.
The minority law student scholarships given annually by the Foundation represent one aspect of the Foundation's three-pronged mission: to increase diversity in the legal profession, provide financial assistance to minority law students and increase retention of minority lawyers in King County law offices.
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