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Scholarship Recipient Goes to Work for Justice & Diversity Center


Doan NguyenIn 2004, Doan Nguyen received BASF’s Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship and was awarded $30,000 over the course of her three years at UC Berkeley School of Law. After graduation and several years of working within the Bay Area legal community, Nguyen has returned to BASF. She is currently a part of the Justice & Diversity Center’s* (JDC) Community Organization Re-presentation Project (CORP), which provides pro bono business law services to nonprofit organizations that directly serve low-income and underserved communities in Northern California.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my position is helping nonprofits resolve their legal issues so that they can continue to provide much needed services to California’s most vulnerable members,” she says.
Doan is also active within the Bay Area community, volunteering with the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California’s monthly legal clinics in downtown Oakland. At the clinics, she provides free legal information to low-income individuals on issues such as family law, immigration, public benefits, and domestic violence. In addition, she provides pro bono assistance to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) and is current-ly updating the 2013 Domestic Violence Law Compendium.

Before joining BASF, Doan worked with a number of organizations, including the Internatio-nal Institute of the Bay Area through the Boalt Hall Bridges Fellowship, helping immigrant vic-tims of violence file U-Visa and Violence Against Women Act petitions. Additionally, as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at OneJustice, she directed a statewide pro bono program called the Law Student Pro Bono Project. In just two years, she engaged over 450 law students and attorneys in pro bono work, and these volunteers provided legal assistance to over 3,200 low-income clients and dedicated approximately 7,460 hours of their time. This position motivated her to pursue a career in pro bono management.
Receiving BASF’s Minority Law Student Scholarship enabled Doan to pursue her dream of becoming a public interest attorney, “The financial support helped me pay for books, tuition, and housing, and I will be forever grateful to BASF for their support and belief in me.”

*The Justice & Diversity Center was formerly known as the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP).

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