As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Allen E. Broussard Law School Scholarship Fund and program sponsor, I enjoyed the honor of presenting scholarship awards last Friday with board member Jill Dessalines at a small reception in Oakland. The Allen E. Broussard Scholarship Foundation is committed to the continued pursuit of Justice Broussard’s life long desire to assist minorities in their pursuit of higher education, better job opportunities and careers in the legal profession.
At $5,000 each the Broussard Scholarship award is the largest private scholarship award for law students attending California Bay Area law schools. The Broussard award has assisted three or more academically well qualified students from economically deprived backgrounds each year since 1997.
2012 Broussard Scholarship Award Recipients
Lizbeth Malmstead is a first year law student at University of San Francisco School of Law. The youngest of five children, Ms. Malmstead is the first in her entire family to attend college. Growing up near the Tijuana-San Diego border, she has witnessed her community struggle with drug cartels, immigration, and poverty. Ms. Malmstead’s hope is to strengthen her community and other similar communities by being a voice for them. She believes that a law degree is a step towards that goal.
I will introduce the other 2012 recipients in a subsequent article.