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New Endowment Honors Tireless Advocate for the Homeless

Rosemary Bishop

When Rosemary Bishop wanted to honor her mother’s more than 29 years of committed volunteer work with the homeless in San Diego, establishing the California Western Jane Bishop Intern Program Endowment seemed to her the perfect way.

“I decided this would be an effective model, and it would be a way to carry on her good work and her legacy,” said Rosemary.

Modeled after the long-established Anson Levitan Intern Program Fund which supports California Western students who demonstrate a commitment to public interest law and who intern at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, the Jane Bishop Endowment will be aimed at students with an interest in homeless advocacy based at the Legal Aid Society.

“I worked at the Legal Aid Society when the Anson Levitan Internship Program started and saw how much good work those Interns did each summer to provide legal assistance to our clients,” said Rosemary. “I also saw that the interns learned so much working with our client population.”

Jane Bishop was a compassionate advocate for the homeless in San Diego. After her husband passed she wanted to do volunteer work and at Rosemary’s suggestion she gave her time at San Diego’s Homeless Advocacy Program (HAP).

Jane immediately loved the work, and for some years it was just her and two other non-attorney volunteers keeping the project together. During her more than 29 years with HAP, Jane saw its ranks change as volunteers came and went, but she remained a constant at the program throughout that time.

“Jane never judged people for being homeless or for the other problems that brought them to her, like drug addiction or a criminal history,” recalls Rosemary. “She would talk to people about books, plays, art, and she would listen to their problems with compassion and genuine interest. Jane had a way of making you feel she was on your side.”

The Jane Bishop Intern Program Endowment will exist in perpetuity so that generations of California Western students can benefit from Jane’s legacy. Looking to the future, Rosemary hopes to see a lot more resources available in San Diego to provide much-needed legal services to the homeless and envisions this internship to be part of a larger project, and housed with other resources focusing on San Diego’s homeless population.

Just as her mother inspired Rosemary from an early age with her dedicated advocacy, the commitment shown by California Western interns was pivotal in her decision to direct the endowment to the law school and its students.

“We were always impressed with the quality of the interns we found at Cal Western for the Anson Levitan internship,” says Rosemary. “So I know we will have a great group of interns for this program as well.”

Students interested in this internship should apply through the California Western Career & Professional Development Office. For more information about the position and application procedure contact Noelle Dorman at or 619-525-7095.