Bar Scholar Reception
Annual Bar Scholar Reception
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Hosted by Perkins Coie


Left to right: KCBF Bar Scholars Celia Smalls, Felecia Shue, Steven Rodenbach, and Jade Bradfish

2012-2013 Bar Scholars at KCBF’s annual reception. A total of 58 students received a KCBF Minority Law Student Scholarships were awarded this year.

Left to right: Rosemarie LeMoine, KCBF Bar Scholar Lorie Han, and KCBA Diversity Committee Chair Hon. Michael Spearman

King County Bar Foundation’s annual Bar Scholar Reception was held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Seattle law offices of Perkins Coie. Approximately 70 guests including donors; current and past Bar Scholars; KCBF, KCBA, and YLD trustees; and college faculty and staff were on hand for the special occasion.

KCBF President Harry H. Schneider, Jr. of Perkins Coie welcomed guests. Dean Mark Niles and Associate Dean Donna Deming (Seattle University School of Law) and Associate Dean Mary Hotchkiss (University of Washington School of Law) also gave remarks before introducing their university’s Bar Scholars. Debra Ahkbari (3L, SU) and Lauren Jacobs (1L, UW) shared how the KCBF minority law student scholarship fund has enabled them to pursue a law degree.

The Foundation is one of the largest single providers of scholarships for minority law students in the state of Washington. Last year, $125,000 was distributed to University of Washington and Seattle University law schools for this purpose. Since 1970 over 700 scholarships, totaling $1,937,850, have been awarded. Fifty percent of scholarship recipients are now practicing in King County.

The Minority Law Student Scholarships given annually by the Foundation represent one aspect of the Foundation’s three-pronged mission to increase diversity in the profession. The three-fold agenda is to increase diversity in the profession, provide financial assistance to minority law students, and increase retention of minority lawyers in King County law offices.