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BASF’s Law School Scholarship Proves Invaluable to Gemma Daggs


BASF’s Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship recipients are not only outstanding students, they are also great contributors to our profession and community. Gemma Daggs (2006 BASF Scholarship Recipient, JD Santa Clara Law) has worked as a Deputy District Attorney with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for nearly three years. She is currently in her second rotation as a member of the Felony Preliminary Examination team and handles cases ranging from felony vehicular theft to murder. Her first assignment with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office was the Misdemeanor Jury Trials team where she worked on 16 trials.

Gemma DaggsCommunity involvement is also a priority to Daggs; she is on the Advisory Board for the Mural, Music, and Arts Project, which educates, empowers and inspires youth through the arts. Additionally, she is actively involved with The Black Women Lawyers of Northern California as the group’s Community Service Chair. In this role, she has organized a Black History Month event for law students and a day of community service, during which professionals provided college prepatory support for youth in East Palo Alto.

Daggs was also instrumental in gathering support for Triple Step Toward the Cure, an organization that raises awareness about triple negative breast cancer. This involvement was a collaboration among The Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, Queen’s Bench, California Women Lawyers, and Women Lawyers of Alameda County.

Daggs acknowledges that one of the greatest hardships law students face now is debt. With the support and flexibility provided by BASF’s scholarship, she had the chance to explore different community and volunteer opportunities while in law school. Even now, she recognizes the great and diverse opportunities given to young lawyers and law students through BASF’s wide network and she added, “BASF’s scholarship was invaluable to my career.”

2012 scholarship program donors include the Arthur and Charlotte Zitrin Foundation, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, AT&T, and the Say Hey Foundation.

To learn more about BASF’s Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program, please contact Lauren Luke at

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