BWL Foundation Scholarships

The Dolores Randolph Bauer Memorial Scholarship

Dolores Bauer was a member of the organization during its inaugural years and remained a dedicated and active member until her untimely death in 1980.  After graduating from Loyola Law School, Ms. Bauer worked for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles during the early 1970’s.  She joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 1973 where she remained until 1978 when she opened her own office.  She remained in private practice until she passed away.

The Bauer Memorial Scholarships are awarded to second and third year law students who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, superior writing ability, community involvement and financial need.

 

Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes Memorial Scholarship

The Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes Scholarship was established in honor of Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes, a lawyer and teacher, and passionate defender of the legal rights of underserved African- Americans.

After receiving a B.A. in English from Fisk University and a Masters in Education from Michigan State University, Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes taught school while studying law at night at Whittier College School of Law. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1981 and co-founded the law firm of Mallory, Brown-Curtis & Mallory in 1986.

A committed leader to many community service organizations, Vera served as President to both the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“BWL”) and the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. As a member of BWL, Vera helped to establish the BWL Foundation, which is the charitable arm that awards scholarships to deserving law students annually.

 

Judge Vaino Hassan Spencer Scholarship

Judge Spencer became the first African American woman to serve on the bench in California, and the third in the nation. Judge Spencer served as a Municipal Court Judge until 1976, then was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, a position she held until 1980. Judge Spencer worked as a general practitioner in Los Angeles until 1961.

In 1979, Judge Spencer was one of the founders of the National Association of Women Judges, an organization intended to help promote women candidates on the bench. In 1980, Spencer began serving as the Presiding Justice of the Division One California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, a position she held for over twenty years. Judge Spencer retired after a distinguished 46-year career on the bench.

Judge Vaino Hassan Spencer earned her L.L.B. degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1952.

The Judge Vaino Spencer Scholarship is awarded to second and third year law students who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, superior writing ability, community involvement and financial need.