California State Bar Foundation Selects Inaugural Downey Brand Diversity Scholar

October 2, 2014

The California Bar Foundation recently selected Alejandra (“Mirta”) Jimenez as the inaugural Downey Brand Diversity Scholar. Through contributions from law firms and other donors, the California Bar Foundation’s Diversity Scholarship Program has been providing financial support and recognition to incoming first-year law students from groups historically underrepresented in the membership of the California Bar since 2008.  The program targets individuals from a broad array of backgrounds, life experiences and those with financial need that have a desire to make a positive impact as community leaders.

Mirta is pursuing a career in law to assist those who experience inequality. Upon graduating with honors from University of California at Riverside, she worked for the Orange County Social Services aiding in Medi-Cal determinations for elders and those with disabilities. Mirta aspires to become a mental health advocate, and is interested in representing other minority groups.

Along with 32 other scholars, Mirta was recognized at the California Bar Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Reception in Los Angeles on September 18, 2014.  Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, the newest nominee of the California Supreme Court approved on August 28, 2014, provided the keynote remarks.