Third-year California Western student Diana Rodriguez Agiss was honored with the Janeen Kerper Scholarship at the 2014 Lawyers Club of San Diego Holiday Luncheon on December 11.
The late Janeen Kerper was a long time professor at California Western and was the driving force behind the creation of Proyecto Acceso Clinic, the Latin American rule of law program founded in 1999. The scholarship was established in her name to provide financial support to a student who demonstrates support of the mission of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, which is to promote equality and the advancement of women in the law.
California Western Assistant Dean for Student and Diversity Services Susan Finster, who introduced Rodriguez Agiss, compared her to Kerper, whom she says was her own mentor and inspiration.
“Diana’s commitment to service began more than 11 years ago when she noticed how her friends, especially her female friends, were falling through the cracks in the educational and social system,” said Finster. “Diana is motivated to be part of the solution and pursued a law degree not only for the love of justice, but so she can be a change maker in our evolving society.”
Rodriguez Agiss began her community service volunteering in elementary schools and since then has developed an impressive record of achievements, both in the community and the law school. They include co-founding the Tax Law Society, serving as president of the Environmental Law Society, serving as editor of the Health Law Society publication, and being involved in the law school’s La Raza chapter.
“I am honored to have been selected for the Janeen Kerper scholarship,” Rodriguez Agiss told the audience, adding that throughout her life all she ever wanted to do is become a role model, especially for other people growing up in City Heights as she did.
“This award motivates me to continue working hard and sharing my story with other women who come from the same background as me who could use my story as an inspiration to fulfill their goals and get into law school and become attorneys,” Rodriguez Agiss added. “If she can do it, then I can too,” she said, hoping that others will follow in her footsteps.
California Western School of Law congratulates Rodriguez Agiss on this honor.