Berkeley School of Law student Marissa Ram has been named the 2012 Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Scholar by the California Bar Foundation. Munger Tolles corporate partner Mary Ann Todd presented the honor to Marissa at the annual Public Interest Scholarship Reception on Oct. 4.
Each year, the California Bar Foundation recognizes its top scholars with scholarships named after sponsors of its Public Interest Scholarship program. Marissa was one of 21 law students granted a Public Interest scholarship, and one of seven scholars recognized with a name scholarship.
Marissa is committed to devoting her career to advocating for vulnerable immigrant populations through a combination of impact litigation, public policy and direct services. Prior to law school, she worked with survivors of sex trafficking in India, worked with the Australian government to improve policies and conditions for individuals held in immigrant detention centers and, most recently, co-founded an anti-trafficking student group in Northern California. She is expected to graduate in 2013.
The Public Interest Scholarship Program provides significant financial assistance to outstanding California law students who intend to serve their communities through modestly paying nonprofit and government service and may graduate from law school with significant student loans. Since 1992, the foundation has assisted more than 600 community-minded law students through its Public Interest Scholarship Program. This year, the foundation distributed $100,000 to 21 law students.