Bowman and Brooke believes in investing in the leaders of tomorrow. We also believe in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in our profession. The reality is 81 percent of American lawyers are white, according to a recent study by the American Bar Association. This is disproportionate to the demographics of the country. And this is why in 2023 we launched the Bowman and Brooke Future Defense Lawyer Scholarship.
The scholarship is dedicated to helping first-year law students from diverse backgrounds become attorneys. Students are eligible if they self-identify as one or more of the following: Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+ and/or an individual with a disability. The scholarship requires that recipients be enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school for the entire upcoming academic year.
Earlier this year we notified two students that they were recipients of scholarship awards: Alexis Bargamin, who studies at Stetson University School of Law; and Kylee Gwilliam, who studies at the University of San Diego School of Law. We can’t wait to see where they go from here.
The Bowman and Brooke Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to charitable contributions and other financial support of community service activities aligned with the goals of the firm’s partners, employees and clients. The foundation provides financial aid to a variety of groups and programs serving the needs of the underrepresented and underprivileged, as well as community resources.
Learn more our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion here.