UCI School of Law Announces Creation of $100,000 Endowed Scholarship

IRVINE (CNS) - The University of California, Irvine School of Law today announce the creation of a $100,000 endowed scholarship that will allow it to further its commitment to diversity.

Because of a unique matching program offered by UCI, the Newmeyer Dillion law firm's $100,000 gift will also qualify for a one-to-one match, doubling its impact.

“We are grateful for Newmeyer Dillion's important and generous gift,'' said UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson. “The firm's scholarship will enable UCI Law to expand its comprehensive commitment to fostering social and economic diversity within the legal profession, now and in the future.''

Greg Dillion, a founding partner of Newmeyer Dillion, sits on the UCI Law Board of Visitors, along with retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frank Quinlan, who practices law at the firm. Four UCI Law alumni also work at Newmeyer Dillion.

“UCI Law is an important pillar in the legal community and has long been a trusted partner of our firm,'' Dillion said. “Law schools play a critical role in shaping the future of diversity in the legal industry and we are proud to partner with UCI Law to create more opportunities for diverse candidates. As our firm continues to take a holistic look at our efforts to foster a more diverse and inclusive environment, the Newmeyer Dillion Diversity Scholarship is an important step to do so within our own offices and within the legal profession as a whole.''

The Newmeyer Dillion Diversity Scholarship represents the 10th endowed fund established at UCI Law since last summer to support diversity scholarships, public interest scholarships, and an inaugural scholarship dedicated to first-generation law students.

UCI Law is currently in the midst of a five year, $65 million fundraising campaign launched in October 2019. Officials said 46% of the school's graduates are students of color.

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