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BASF Announces Recipients of 2009 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarships


July 27, 2009 -- San Francisco
-- The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) recently announced the recipients of its 2009 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarships. Three scholarships were awarded to minority students attending Bay Area law schools. Scholarships were awarded based on financial need, scholastics, involvement in public service, and barriers faced in life. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year. The scholarship may be renewable for an additional two years.

BASF's scholarship-winning students are Naeema Aden Ahmed, Ike Kaludi and Kamar O’Guinn

Aden Ahmed, who was raised in Somalia during a time of extreme chaos, graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in African American Studies and Legal Studies. She will attend the University of San Francisco School of Law in the fall.

Kaludi, graduated from UCLA with degrees in Political Science and International Development Studies.  He attended college as a full-time single parent raising his son. He will attend UC Hastings College of the Law in the fall.

O’Guinn, who grew up in Oakland and is now working with youth after school programs, graduated from CSU East Bay with a degree in Democracy, Arts and Cultural Studies.  He also will attend UC Hastings College of the Law in the fall.

Since its inception in 1998, BASF's Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program has provided financial assistance to 60 law students. The program was established to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession.

2009 scholarship contributors are Keker & Van Nest LLP (two scholarships) and Richard Zitrin’s Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Foundation (BASF Member Richard Zitrin).

BASF continues to seek the assistance of law firms, corporations and individuals who are willing to help sustain this impactful and unified effort. A reception honoring the recipients and donors will be held August 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP. More information about the reception can be found on BASF’s web calendar.

For more information on the Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship program, please contact Daisy Hung at 415-982-1600.


The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

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