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February 9, 2013

UCLA Law Fellows Program Receives ABA Alexander Award for Diversity Efforts

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Leo Trujillo-Cox accepts the Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity from ABA President Laurel Bellows

The Law Fellows Outreach Program of University of California, Los Angeles, received the 2013 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The award is sponsored by the _ Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.

The Alexander Award was presented Friday during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas.

The Law Fellows Outreach Program was established by the UCLA School of Law Academic Outreach Resource Center in 1997 to encourage and prepare high-potential undergraduate and graduate students for a career in law, increase the diversity of the law school pool and demystify the law school experience.

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The program is distinguished by professional-level instruction by law school faculty, mentorship from those in the law school as well as from outside legal professionals, LSAT preparation, and academic support, counseling and career guidance.

“The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline is pleased to honor the UCLA Law Fellows Program with this year’s Alexander Award,” said Council Chair Michelle Marie Gallardo. “The program, in its dedication to supporting diverse law students through their academic training and into the profession, exemplifies the care and commitment the award was designed to recognize.”

Leo Trujillo-Cox, executive director of academic outreach and development, accepted the award on behalf of the UCLA program.

In addition to the UCLA Law Fellows Outreach Program, the council also honored Kent D. Lollis, executive director for diversity, Law School Admission Council, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime dedication to law school diversity.

The Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award recognizes efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession, by focusing on educational programming in the pipeline to support the success of underrepresented students. The award is named after Raymond Pace Alexander, a lawyer and judge in Pennsylvania, and a leading civil rights advocate; and his wife Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, one of the first African American women to receive a doctorate in the United States, who went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.