Fresno County Women Lawyers (FCWL) recognizes and awards a $250 scholarship to an outstanding female high school senior participating in the Annual Fresno County Mock Trial Competition each winter. This competition is open to all schools in the Fresno Unified School District and requires students to participate as “attorneys” and “witnesses” in a mock trial developed by the District.
Qualifications for the award include, plans to attend college in the Fall following the Winter competition, the intent to pursue a law degree, and demonstrated leadership in the student’s Mock Trial Program. Beginning with the Winter 2013 application, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their teacher or attorney coaches and a personal statement.
The 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Scholarship was awarded to Natalee Bachant of Clovis North High School.
Elizabeth O’Neil (The Fresno County Office of Education) Outstanding Lawyer Scholarship
Justice Pauline Hanson Scholarship
As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established a Scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students. Justice Hanson was the first woman appointee to the Fresno County Superior Court and the first woman appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Always deeply concerned about legal and human issues, she adhered to a high standard for intellectual rigor and integrity which remains a rich legacy to women who follow her in legal careers. During her career as lawyer, judge, wife, mother and community activist, Justice Hanson made many friends and became a role model for women of varied backgrounds and aspirations. Her kind, open, and unpretentious manner endeared her to all whose paths crossed her own. She died August 19, 1989. The Hanson Scholarship is an annual award to be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year.