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Higgs Fletcher & Mack awards fifth $10,000 Diversity Scholarship to University of San Diego Law Student

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– Norma Lujan selected for demonstrating ethical, civic leadership –

SAN DIEGO – January 12, 2016 – Higgs Fletcher & Mack, a San Diego-based, full-service law firm for more than 75 years, recently awarded its fifth $10,000 University of San Diego School of Law Diversity Scholarship this month.

A 2016 Juris Doctor candidate, Norma Lujan was selected for demonstrating ethical and civic leadership and for providing services to underrepresented groups in the community.

“We were thoroughly impressed with Norma’s background and personal statement. She’s a dedicated Academic Success Fellow at USD who goes above and beyond the requirements to help low-performing students succeed,” said Steven Cologne, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. “We were also inspired by Norma’s drive and perseverance, which she demonstrated while encountering hurdles during her law school career. It’s evident that she’s dedicated to the legal field and we couldn’t be more proud to name Norma our 2015 Diversity Scholarship recipient.”

Higgs Fletcher & Mack has been contributing to USD School of Law since 2004 and created the Diversity Scholarship in 2010 to help lessen the financial burden of law students in need. Headed by Higgs’ Diversity Committee, the firm and its contributing attorneys have awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to both USD and California Western School of Law as well as implemented a number of initiatives that not only provide financial support, but also allow for direct experience through internships and mentorship programs.

Lujan received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She obtained professional and leadership experience through various opportunities, including Law Clerk for the Law Office of Sergio Feria, Lead Academic Success Fellow for the USD School of Law, Summer Associate for ScottHulse, PC, Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Maria Salas-Mendoza in El Paso, Student Intern at the Law Office of Michael E. Durham and Student Paralegal Aid at Mark Salloum Law Firm. Aside from being fluent in Spanish, French and conversational in Italian, Lujan won the 2014 CALI Award (highest grade) in Constitutional Law and received the top grade for Oral Argument, Legal Writing and Research at USD.

The Higgs Fletcher & Mack attorneys that participated in funding this year’s USD School of Law scholarship include: Roland Achtel, Edwin Boniske, Sandra J. Brower, Steven Cologne, Vernon Evans, Robert Fitzpatrick, Loren Freestone, Victoria Fuller, Michael Gibson, Jonathan Grissom, Alexis Gutierrez, Susan Hack, James Harrigan, Daniel C. Herbert, Craig Higgs, Joshua Katz,  William M. Low, Susan Mercure, William Miller, John Morrell, Catherine Morrison, Julian Myers, Bruce O’Brien, Jason Ross, Phillip Samouris, Richard A. Shaw, Rahil K. Swigart, and Mark Stender.