The scholarship was made possible by contributions from 29 of the firm’s attorneys, and awarded to Lisa Charukul for the 2013 academic year.
“Our firm and attorneys have made it a priority to promote diversity in law school education,” said Steve Cologne, partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. “We all support this important mission and are proud to collectively continue to help USD students complete their education.”
Charukul was awarded the Diversity Scholarship based on her community service involvement, academic achievement, commitment to volunteering and other personal qualities. Currently, Charukul is interning at the Public Defender’s Office and is slated to graduate in 2013.
“We are proud to say that USD School of Law uses the Higgs Fletcher & Mack Diversity Scholarship program as a model for other fundraising efforts,” said Debbie Rider, Associate Director of Development at the USD School of Law. “They consistently achieve 100 percent involvement; that means every one of the firm’s 24 alumni contribute to the scholarship. It means a lot to us to have that type of support year after year,” Rider added.
Higgs Fletcher & Mack has been contributing to USD School of Law since 2004 and created the Diversity Scholarship in 2010 to help significantly lessen the financial burden of law students in need. Headed by Higgs’ Diversity Committee, over the last three years, the firm and its contributing attorneys have awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships and have implemented a number of initiatives that not only provide financial support, but also allow for direct experience through internships and mentorship programs. This year, the Diversity Committee expanded its efforts to support additional area law school students through scholarships awarded on behalf of the firm.
The Higgs Fletcher & Mack attorneys that participated in funding this year’s USD School of Law scholarship include: Steve Cologne, Robert Fitzpatrick, Victoria Fuller, Loren Freestone, Michael Gibson, Jon Grissom, Alexis Gutierrez, Susan Hack, Jim Harrigan, Dan Herbert, Laura Heyne, Craig Higgs, Bill Low, Margaret Mangin, Susan Mercure, Will Miller, Cynthia Morgan-Reed, John Morrell, Catherine Morrison, Julian Myers, Bruce O’Brien, Mary Robberson, Jason Ross, Phil Samouris, Dick Shaw, Sam Sherman, Mark Stender, Rahil Swigart and Kevin Wheeler.