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Eleven BALIF Law Students Attend Lavender Conference in Washington D.C.

14 Sep 2012 5:17 PM | Deleted user

This year BALIF honored eleven Bay Area law students with scholarships to attend Lavender Law, the National LGBT Bar Association's annual conference, this year held in Washington D.C. Prior to the conference, students and attorneys gathered for a scholarship reception generously hosted by Orrick in downtown San Francisco.


(BALIF law students attending the 2012 Lavender Law Scholarship reception held at Orrick’s offices in San Francisco)

The size of the scholarship program this year was possible in large part because of a $5,000 donation from Novak Druce + Quigg LLC, an industry-leading intellectual property firm and long time supporter of BALIF. As a result, BALIF established the Novak Druce Scholarship to recognize one student who has a demonstrated an interest in IP law. We have profiled all of our exceptional honorees below, including Raymond Rollan, recipient of this year’s Novak Druce Scholarship.

Raymond Rollan is an incoming 2L at the University of San Francisco School of Law. This past summer, he interned at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the Sonoma County Public Defender's Office. However, having worked as a paralegal at an Intellectual Property law firm, his primary interest is pursuing a rewarding legal career as a Trademark attorney. Raymond Rollan is the 2012 Novak Druce Scholar.

Michael O'Rourke is a Bay Area native and 3L at Santa Clara University School of Law. He is interested in health care law and criminal law and currently works as a law clerk at the SF District Attorney Office. In the past, he has served as a law clerk for Judge Christopher R. Bowen and Judge Clare Maier in Contra Costa County.

Adam Amir is a 1L at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Before law school, Adam was named a Truman Scholar and worked for two years as a policy analyst for Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC).

Travis Wimsett is a rising 2L at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He currently serves as Programs Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law and is a member of the Berkeley Law Tax Clinic. He spent his 1L summer as a legal intern for The Clorox Company.

Amanda Hamilton is a 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law. She is the Director of Communications for the Associated Students of UC Hastings and the Publicity Director for OUTLAW. This past summer, Amanda was a law clerk at the Hassell Law Group, a boutique personal injury law firm. At the same time, she was a research assistant at the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy, researched nursing home litigation.

Elizabeth Dooley, Stanford Law School '13, served as Co-President of Stanford OutLaw last year. This summer she worked at Gibson Dunn in San Francisco, and she will be clerking for Judge Wardlaw on the 9th Circuit after graduating in May.

Alex Hammonds, a 2L in the Honors Lawyering Program at Golden Gate University School of Law, is currently interning at the Public Administrator/Public Guardian of San Francisco. With this position he plans to pursue his passion for Trusts and Estate Planning.

Phillip Wu, a 3L at the University of San Francisco, is interested in government and corporate law. Because of his interest in food and travel, he cofounded the Food & Law Society Club at USF. Taylor Cashwell, a 2L at UC Hastings, is the External Vice President of OutLaw. He was at Fenwick & West this summer and will return there for his 2L summer. He is interested in pursuing a tech start-up and venture capital practice.

Lear-la Narvaez is a 3L at the University of San Francisco School of Law. For the past 10 years she has been, and continue to be, actively involved in the LGBT community. She started on of the first student-run LBGT organizations in South Orange County at Saddleback Community College. Today she continues a commitment to LGBT rights through her pursuit of a career in family law at USF.

John Marks is a 2L at the University of San Francisco School of Law. This summer he studied Alternative Dispute Resolution and EU Human Rights Law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and Comparative Law and EU Constitutional Law at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. These classes will allow him to pursue his interest in practicing Immigration Law after law school.

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