Scholars for Justice bring broad experience

1Ls Patricia Sully and Reyna Ramolete Hayashi

Two women dedicated to providing better health care and housing for vulnerable populations have been named Scholars for Justice at Seattle University School of Law.

Reyna Ramolete Hayashi and Patricia Sully earned full-tuition scholarships with their awards. Ramolete Hayashi has worked with the homeless and rural women in Vancouver, B.C., and with impoverished families in Central America. Sully has worked with inner-city youth in Pittsburgh and served 27 months in the Peace Corps in Botswana, focusing on HIV-positive mothers.

"Reyna and Patricia both embrace the law school's mission of working for a more just and humane world," said Carol Cochran, assistant dean for admission. "We're honored to have them among our students and know they will make important contributions to the law school and society through their work."

The scholarship allows two of the most promising students who have proven their dedication to the important but traditionally lower-paying field of public interest law to earn their degrees without incurring the debt that is often an obstacle in choosing such a career. Scholars will make a moral commitment to devote much of their careers to public interest law or to donate to the law school's scholarship fund an amount at least equal to the scholarship should their career path change.

Both are grateful for the scholarship and the chance to focus on the justice-related work they love.

"I feel so privileged to come here and to be able to focus on being an agent of change," Ramolete Hayashi said.

"This is really a gift that makes it hopeful that we can continue to do the work we are so passionate about," Sully said.

It's the first year the law school has had Scholars for Justice in every class. The first recipients, Amy Pritchard and Persis Yu, will graduate in May. Celeste Miller and Kevin DeLiban are in their second year.