SAN DIEGO (March 25, 2021): Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP (HFM) has awarded its annual diversity scholarship to second year California Western School of Law (CWSL) student Matthew Jensen. Jensen received the scholarship at a virtual event on March 24, 2021.
HFM has been granting scholarships in support of diversity and inclusion efforts to local law students for several years. This year’s $5,000 diversity scholarship was funded by contributions from HFM’s attorneys in addition to a contribution from the Firm.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are a priority for Higgs Fletcher & Mack and creating a diversity pipeline is critical for the legal profession,” said Partner Susan Hack, Chair of the HFM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “We are proud to award Matthew with our 2021 Diversity scholarship. I believe he will be a great lawyer and will help further diversity initiatives in our community.”
Jensen is a member of the LGBTQ+ community who was raised in rural Alaska and relocated to Hawaii. Prior to attending CWSL, Jensen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii Monoa. His community involvement has included volunteer roles with the San Diego Name and Gender Marker Changer Legal Clinic, the Honolulu Pride Parade Foundation, and the Rural Community Development Program in Rocinha, Brazil.
In addition to awarding scholarships, HFM supports diversity and inclusion efforts for future lawyers through its participation in the San Diego County Bar Association’s Diversity Fellowship Program. HFM also provides financial support to several minority bar associations, and the Firm’s attorneys serve in leadership positions for a variety of organizations that champion diversity and inclusion in our community and in the legal profession.
About Higgs Fletcher Mack
Higgs Fletcher & Mack is a full-service law firm that serves diverse individuals and industries. For 80 years, the firm has worked tirelessly with companies and people that need legal counsel and representation in and out of the courtroom. Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s more than 75 attorneys have experience in multiple fields of law, and its internal network of legal professionals frequently coordinate in practice area groups that have multi-disciplinary dimensions, helping clients make a more informed decision. The firm is actively recruiting partner-level talent in complimentary practice areas to provide legal expertise in the San Diego region and beyond.