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With dozens of programs and initiatives to choose from, California Western gives you the opportunity to align your philanthropic goals with your support of the Law School. Whatever your interests, you will find something you are passionate about at California Western. Below, please find a comprehensive list of our fund, scholarship and endowment opportunities.

California Western School of Law is a Non-Profit Organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3). Tax ID # 95-2944594.

Access to Law (ALI) is a law office incubator program that brings affordable and pro bono assistance to people who cannot afford legal services, while supporting California Western graduates who engage in solo or small-firm practice or wish to begin a nonprofit. This program provides a space where solo practitioners and small firms can work alongside each other, supporting each other like lawyers in a firm might do, as they develop their practices to the point where they can become independent. The goal of ALI is to produce successful, public-service-oriented practitioners who can operate a financially viable and freestanding practice. Your gift will help provide affordable and pro bono services to dozens of low-income clients.

The Adrianne Baker Fellowship Program is California Western's Loan Repayment Assistance Program for graduates employed by a legal aid, legal services, or other non-profit advocacy or policy organization. Your gift will help provide awards of up to $5,000 to deserving students with more than $50,000 in certified law school debt.

The Advanced Mediation Program empowers law students (working in pairs) to mediate disputes between adolescent detainees at the San Diego Juvenile Hall and the Girls Rehabilitation Facility. Disputes range from theft of personal property to gang-related issues. Your gift will help provide much-needed conflict resolution services to the juveniles who participate in this program, helping them adjust to the realities of their new life situations while providing law students hands-on experience in mediation.

The California Western Alumni Association works to steward and nurture lifelong relationships between the Law School and our alumni community through personal communication, regional events and programs, annual reunions and awards celebrations, golf tournaments, community service days, continuing education programs, and leadership opportunities. Your gift will help alumni stay connected to and active in the California Western community.

Donations to the Annual Fund support student scholarships, faculty support, internships, and public-interest programs that provide students hands-on experience in a variety of areas while delivering needed legal services to the larger community. Your gift helps fund programs of central importance to our mission of training ethical, practice-ready lawyers, and enables our students to receive the same outstanding education their predecessors did.

The Anson Levitan Intern Program Fund supports California Western students who demonstrate an interest in public interest law and who intern with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. The fund (and internship) are named for the late Anson Levitan to honor his vision of encouraging law students to consider careers in the public interest.

Professor Emeritus Barbara Cox and Steve Russell ’87, jointly established this endowed scholarship with support from their spouses and other California Western friends and alumni. The scholarship supports California Western students who demonstrate an intent to protect and advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) individuals. As Professor Cox explained, “This scholarship will encourage and inspire students to carry on the cause for equality—now and for generations to come.”

The Business Law Society (BLS) is an organization for students interested in pursuing a career in business law – from transactional to litigation to in-house counsel – or even just a career in business. Your support will help the BLS develop relationships between students and attorneys currently practicing in the field of business law at intimate speaking events and social functions throughout the year.

California Innocence Project (CIP) is a clinical program that helps release wrongfully convicted California inmates while giving students hands-on experience reviewing evidence and structuring a case as they work alongside CIP staff attorneys. CIP reviews more than 2,000 Claims of Innocence from California inmates each year. Your gift will help ensure that innocent men and women will not have to spend the rest of their lives in prison for crimes they did not commit.

CLP is a student-run project that provides pro bono legal services including legal advice, consultations, and referral services to low-income and indigent people in San Diego County. Working in collaboration with dozens of medical, social-service, and nonprofit partners, CLP provides clients a range of necessary services under one roof, while allowing volunteer students to experience the benefits of helping those in need and learn essential lawyering skills from experienced practitioners. Your gift will help provide needed legal services to our community's most vulnerable individuals and families.

This scholarship was established by alumnus Han P. Ching ’74 and his wife Meredith to inspire and reward the hard work and achievements of students from the state of Hawaii. This three-year award supports students who have resided in Hawaii for a minimum of 10 years and that demonstrate the spirit of Kulia i ka nu’u, the native Hawaiian proverb that means “strive for the summit or highest point possible.”

The Harvey R. Levine Scholarship was established in honor of esteemed trial attorney, author, and professor Harvey R. Levine, whose distinguished career in the courtroom and classroom will long be remembered. This scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law student at the start of the fall trimester who exemplifies interest and promise in the areas of consumer law, consumer rights, and/or consumer advocacy. Your gift will help provide $2,500 toward tuition fees, living expenses, and/or other incidental costs of study for one or more deserving students.

The Intellectual Property Student Clerkship Award provides financial assistance to recent graduates pursuing IP-related post-grad internships/clerkships in the public sector. These internships may include post-graduate programs in US government agencies such as the Patent & Trademark Office, National Institutes of Health, and the International Trade Commission. The recent graduate must secure the clerkship/internship before funds can be awarded.

The establishment of this award will help foster California Western graduates’ interest in patent-related work and afford them valuable field experience. The award will also further strengthen California Western’s mark on the IP community and provides additional opportunities for the school, its students and its alumni to promote California Western as a key contributor to the San Diego IP community.

The Jane Bishop Intern Program Endowment Fund supports California Western students who demonstrate an interest in public interest law and who intern with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Preference is given to students with an interest in homeless advocacy. The fund (and internship) are named for the late Jane Bishop, a passionate advocate for the homeless who served as a committed volunteer to the Legal Aid Society for nearly 30 years.

The Josiane Dixon Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Memorial Endowment was established in honor of alumna Josiane Marie Dixon, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2009 at the age of 33 following a courageous battle with leukemia. During her time at California Western, Josiane was a Student Ambassador, Trial Team member, 3L Gift Captain, and President of Public Interest Law. She also had a pivotal role in establishing the Adrianne Baker Fellowship. Your gift to this endowment will give students the opportunity to engage in public-interest work that provides legal assistance to underrepresented individuals in the community.

The California Western Law Library provides unrivaled physical and virtual resources to California Western students in the form of more than 333,000 volumes, 3,905 serial subscriptions, microforms equivalent to 154,000 volumes, audio and video tapes, computer software, and interactive videos, as well as access to a broad collection of websites, databases, and other electronic resources. The library's state-of-the-art computer lab provides students with internet-accessible computers, wireless internet information, and discounted software opportunities. The library also manages an archive of past exams for use as preparation and study guides, and resources for students looking to publish their research. Your gift will support the operations and resources of the library.

The Murray L. Galinson Scholarship, established in honor of former California Western professor and Board Member Murray Galinson, who passed away suddenly in May 2013, is awarded to high-achieving admitted students who have overcome adversity and have shown a commitment to serving their community. Your gift will help provide $2,500 toward tuition fees, living expenses, and/or other incidental costs of study for one or more deserving students.

New Media Rights is an independently funded nonprofit program of California Western that provides one-on-one assistance (including legal services, education, and public policy advocacy) to internet users, artists, nonprofits, startups, and other entities who create and share their work online. Your gift will help New Media Rights provide legal guidance in areas such as copyright, trademark, internet, and media law, and invaluable training to five to six law students each trimester in public-interest internet law issues.

Proyecto ACCESO is a rule-of-law training and public education program that develops curricula, facilitates workshops, and trains legal professionals across Mexico and Central and South America. Working with local agencies, Proyecto ACCESO empowers judicial innovators with a vast array of skills to promote sustainable reforms in their respective countries. This program also creates, produces, and distributes public education campaigns, popular music and television, documentary films, and children's education programs to educate the general public about their rights and increase confidence in the administration of justice. Your gift will help promote justice and legal reform in Mexico and Latin America.

Student scholarships range in size and intent, providing up to 100% of tuition costs on the basis of academic merit, commitment to service, cultural/ethnic diversity, and more. Not only are these scholarships beneficial to the students who receive them, but they are vital to the success of the school; by helping us attract and retain high-quality students who otherwise could not afford the costs of tuition, institutional scholarships bolster our attractiveness to new applicants and ensure that our student body is the strongest possible. Your gift supports more than a dozen institutional scholarships for first-year and upper-division students at California Western and helps to maintain our legacy of academic excellence.

The William C. Lynch Scholarship was established in 1997. The scholarship is awarded annually to a second-year student who has shown the greatest academic improvement in the first semester after their first-year studies, as well as a dedication to the study of law.