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AUGUST 2012 NEWSLETTER - 2012 Scholarship Recipients
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2012 WLALA Foundation's Scholarship Recipients

by Sarah de Diego and Carmela Pagay
The WLALA Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded scholarships to four outstanding law students.  The WLALA Foundation would further like to thank Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP for generously funding one of these four scholarships in honor of its 50th Anniversary.
Megan Callaway
Ms. Callaway has completed her first year at Pepperdine University School of Law where she currently has a 3.2 GPA. She decided to go to Pepperdine because of its Global Justice Program. In fact, this summer, she is working as a judicial extern for the Ugandan Judiciary, Family Division in order to learn about the treatment of women and the displacement of children under Ugandan Law. During her externship, she will be writing a report of foreign adoption in Uganda and the court’s rule in the process, which will include a comparison with the adoption process in the United States.  After her externship, Ms. Callaway will be participating in the Asylum Clinic at Pepperdine in the fall. Ms. Callaway plans to pursue public interest work after graduation. 
Vanessa Manzi
Ms. Manzi has completed her second year at Southwestern Law School where she currently has a 3.2 GPA. She is the incoming president of the Latino Law Student Association and the Immigration Law Student Association. Having immigrated to the United States as a teenager, Ms. Manzi is very passionate about supporting and helping other young Latinas with their struggles and immigration issues. Among other activities, she founded a community service group named Teen Korner in March 2009, which continues to mentor teens who may be at risk for gang involvement, and helps them pursue a college education. Her ultimate goal is to become an immigration attorney and continue helping the immigrant community here in Los Angeles.
Jeffrey E. Salvesen
Mr. Salvesen has completed his first year at Pepperdine University School of Law where he maintains a 3.1 GPA. Mr. Salvesen currently works as an extern for the Honorable Sandra L. Klein, United States Bankruptcy Judge, a board member at WLALA. Prior to law school, Mr. Salvesen organized over five thousand volunteer hours to assist elementary students after school in five different Waltham, Massachusetts schools, and organized holiday events for several hundred young children at the YMCA. After law school, Mr. Salvesen intends on pursuing a position involving education law, i.e., improving laws and regulations relating to racial and sexual discrimination, disability, and curriculum. He is also interested in helping make post-secondary schools more affordable to students generally. 


Elicia Stoller
Ms. Stoller has completed her first year at Pepperdine University School of Law where she maintains a 3.6 GPA, and is in the top 11% of her class. Since May 2008, she has been working at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Witness Coordination Unit, where she is now a supervisor. This summer, Ms. Stoller is working for the District Attorney’s Office, specifically the Victim Impact Program, which handles matters relating to elder and child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, hate crimes, and stalking. Ms. Stoller is strongly committed to effecting change by working for the District Attorney’s Office.  She has had the misfortune of seeing an immediate family member’s experiences on the other side of the law and had to endure the struggles that resulted therefrom since she was a child. She believes that her legal education will enable her to secure justice for victims and help prevent the recidivism that plagued her family member.
Sarah de Diego and Carmela Pagay are co-chairs of the WLALA Scholarship Committee.  Ms. de Diego is the founder of De Diego Law.  Ms. Pagay is an associate with Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.
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