2005 - 2006 Phoenix
Fellowship Application Materials
In November 1996, California voters passed Proposition 209,
an initiative that ended affirmative action programs in California
state-sponsored schools. The effect of Prop 209 has been devastating
in its reduction of the number of students of color attending Boalt
Hall, previously considered one of the most diverse law schools in
Established in 1997, the Phoenix Fellowship was created in
response to Prop 209. It was designed first, to encourage students
of color to choose Boalt, and second, to support public interest
work among these students.
In furtherance of our commitment to both of these goals and in
view of the tremendous success of the Annual Auction Extravaganza in
recent years a restructuring of the Phoenix Fellowship was recently
Note: Application Must Be Postmarked
No Later Than Monday April 18th
2005-2006 Phoenix Fellowship Letter
2005-2006 Phoenix Fellowship Application Cover Sheet
Each entering fellow will be awarded a $9,000 grant intended
to assist with the fellow’s tuition and/or living expenses during
his/her first year of law school at Boalt
- However, if the total proceeds from grants (not loans),
scholarships, and fellowships awarded to any one fellow exceed the
annual student budget set for that year, as determined by
financial aid, the Phoenix Fellowship amount will be reduced by
the amount in excess of the budget. The amount deducted will be
carried over to the following school year to be distributed to the
fellow subject to the same conditions.
- BLF will distribute the grant in installments during the
course of the fellow’s first year in law school, providing half of
the grant for the year at the beginning of the first semester and
the remainder at the beginning of the second semester.
addition, the fellow will be awarded a stipend during the summer
following the fellow’s first year in law school in the amount
equal to the grant amount awarded for other BLF summer grants,
This stipend will be awarded for the fellow to carry out
a ten-week project consistent with the criteria set out
in Section II.
The maximum amount a fellow can earn during his/her
first summer is the maximum amount other BLF summer
grant recipients can earn. If the fellow’s total income
for the summer (including wages, work study and other
grants/fellowships) exceeds the maximum amount
prescribed by BLF for its other summer grants, the
Phoenix Fellowship summer grant amount will be reduced
by the amount in excess of the maximum award.
fellow will also be awarded a stipend to carry out a second
ten-week project following the fellow’s second year in law
The project must be consistent with the criteria set out
in Section II.
The amount of this stipend will exceed the amount
awarded to other BLF summer grants by $1000.
Participation in the second year of the Fellowship may
be waived at the fellow’s option. If the fellow elects
not to participate in the second year of the fellowship,
no additional award will be provided by BLF.
fellow’s summer work must further the BLF purpose of providing
public interest legal work aiding disadvantaged or
underrepresented groups. The funded projects must have some
practical aim such as:
the Berkeley Law Foundation recognizes the value of the
following types of work, the Phoenix Fellowship must not
be used to fund projects with the following goals or subjects:
the writing of a handbook designed to promote the legal
rights of disadvantaged minorities, victims of race,
sex, physical handicap, age or other discrimination, or
those denied human rights in criminal or civil matters;
assisting lay persons in effecting their legal rights
the drafting of model statutes;
litigation in the public interest or for the benefit of
disadvantaged minorities, victims of race, sex, physical
handicap, age, or other discrimination, or those denied
human rights in civil and criminal matters;
rendering of legal services to some specific and
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A
applicants of color are encouraged to apply. The Fellow
selection is primarily based on his or her demonstrated
commitment to public interest work. The selection process begins
in early April and concludes by the third week of April. A
committee of diverse students and BLF Board members participate
in the selection process.
Simply fill in the basic information requested.
Make sure it highlights your experience in public interest and/or community
3. Personal Statement:
Tell us about yourself. How are your goals consistent with BLF's mission
statement? How has your background or experiences prepared or motivated you to
work for social change?
4. Reference Letter:
Have someone besides a relative who knows you well extol your virtues and your
commitment to community work. Additional letters are welcome but are not