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HFM Grants Diversity Scholarships to Two USD School of Law Students

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SAN DIEGO (September 21, 2020): The 2019-2020 Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Scholarship in honor of Craig Higgs has been awarded to Nicole Cohen, and the 2019-2020 Steven J. Cologne Annual Scholarship has been awarded to Carola Murguia San Roman. Both scholarship recipients are University of San Diego School of Law graduates who have earned their law degrees and will soon take the California Bar Exam.

HFM has been granting scholarships in support of diversity and inclusion efforts to local law students for several years. The diversity scholarship is funded by contributions from HFM’s attorneys and the firm itself. The Steven J. Cologne Annual Scholarship is funded solely by HFM Managing Partner Steven Cologne.

“Our community and the legal profession flourish when we make diversity and inclusion a priority,” said Cologne. “HFM stands behind our commitment to diversity, and we are proud to support a future generation of lawyers who have already shown their commitment and support for diversity efforts.”

Cohen, who is fluent in both French and Spanish served as the Membership Committee Law Student Chair for San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and is a regular Project LEAD volunteer. She mentors a 14-year-old Latina girl through MANA de San Diego.  She served as Intern to Distinguished USD Professor Roy Brooks, as well as the Center for Public Interest Law at USD and Think Dignity. Cohen was also a law clerk with Casa Cornelia Law Center, which serves the immigrant and asylum-seeking communities.

San Roman first wanted to be a lawyer growing up watching her father, an attorney and public servant in Mexico. After serving in the United States Marine Corps for eight years, she began working towards becoming a lawyer. Her experience includes an externship with the Honorable Roger T. Benitez in U.S. District Court, and a summer associate position with a private law firm where she focused on employment law. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego International Law Journal during her final year of law school.

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.