Carlene Caldwell Scholarship


The Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Fund

The Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Award (CCSA) was established in memory of SFTLA’s beloved Executive Director of many years, Carlene Caldwell. Carlene’s passion for the law and her spirit continue through this tribute to the many years she gave to SFTLA and the legal community in San Francisco. The award is funded entirely through online donations, donations made by SFTLA members through a Silent Auction at SFTLA annual Holiday Party, and monies donated at renewal time.

History

Previous to 2001 a committee selected winners of the CCSA. Second and third year law students were asked to write a short essay on a topic that we gave them. The committee then narrowed down their selections of the best-written pieces. Those students were then interviewed and a winner and runner-up were selected.

2001

SFTLA Board of Directors decided to award the winners of a Mock Trial competition between the four San Francisco Law Schools. USF, Hastings, Golden Gate and New College all participated. Teams of two persons were selected by their professors to represent their school in the competition. The student were given a case and told whether they would be a plaintiff or defense attorney. The four schools were broken into two courtrooms and the best two teams were selected for the afternoon finals. Each courtroom had a judge, a bailiff, a clerk and a jury of 4-5 people. The “jury” used an established grading system to rate the performances of each team. The jury then spent 20 minutes with the different teams advising the students on the merits and downfalls of the case they put on. The final winners of the afternoon session were awarded $1,000.00 a piece. The runner-up team was awarded $100.00 each and the other participants were given $50.00 each.

The Mock Trial took place at 400 McAllister from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Two students from each school argued use of excessive force by police officers against protesters in Humboldt County. SFTLA Board Members will act as Bailiff, Judge and Evaluator  

2002 

SFTLA will be hosting another Mock Trial Competition, the winners of which will receive the Carlene Caldwell Scholarship. Projected costs: $1,000.00 winning team, $500.00 for runner up team and $250.00 for other two teams. $2,500.00 for event expenses including monies associated with the courthouse, food for the participants and promotional materials.  

Law Students from Hastings, Golden Gate, San Francisco Law School and USF will participate in a mock trial sponsored by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. The Mock Trial will take place at the Ninth Circuit Courthouse 95 Seventh Street in San Francisco from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The legal issue involved in the case is whether Dillard’s department store intentionally interfered with the redemption of a coupon and whether this interference was racially motivated. The teams will receive the Carlene Caldwell Scholarship Award. SFTLA Board Members will act as Bailiff, Jury and Evaluator. Mediators with JAMS will act as Jurists.

2003

Mock Trial Law Students from Hastings, Golden Gate, San Francisco Law School and USF Law School squared off in the sumptuous quarters of courtrooms one and two at the Ninth Circuit court. Two students from each school will argue a bad faith case brought by an eye surgeon against his disability insurance carrier. JAMS Judges Hon. Ken Kawaichi and Hon. David Garcia presided over USF v. Golden Gate and USF v. Hastings respectively. SFTLA Board Members Anthony David (Chairperson of the Mock Trial Committee), Doris Cheng, Steve Murphy, Scott Kalkin, Chris Dolan, Linda Fong, Albert Stoll, Jr. and Todd Schneider acted as the jury and evaluators.

In the afternoon the two top scoring teams, Hastings and Golden Gate, went head to head while JAMS judge Hon. Eugene McDonald presided. After an intense competition SFTLA Board Members, Anthony David, Doris Cheng, Sanford Cipinko and Linda Scaparotti announced that Golden Gate was the final winner of the day’s competition. Golden Gate is a previous winner, having won SFTLA’s first ever-Mock Trial in 2000.

Each Golden Gate attorney team member will receive a check from the Carlene Caldwell Scholarship fund in the amount of $1,000.00. Hastings team members will receive $500.00 each. San Francisco Law School and USF team members will get $250 each.

2007

 Four schools squared off in the sumptuous quarters of courtrooms one and three at the Ninth Circuit court in downtown San Francisco. Retired judges from ADR Services Hon. Isabella Grant and Hon. Raymond Williamson presided over USF, Hastings, Boalt and Golden Gate. SFTLA Board Members Christopher Viadro, Mark Zanobini, Dianna Albini, Rebecca Paul, Charles Geerhart, and SFTLA Members Susy Meyers and Emily Wecht, acted as the jury and evaluators.

In the afternoon the two top scoring teams, USF and Boalt, went head to head while ADR retired judge Hon. Alex Saldamando presided. SFTLA Board Members Steve Murphy, Sandy Cipinko, Al Stoll, Kathryn Stebner, Anthony Label, Shaana Rahman, and Matt Gramly acted as jury and evaluators. After an intense competition it was announced that Boalt would take first place.

School teams consisted of two attorneys and two witnesses. Each attorney team member will receive a check from the Carlene Caldwell Scholarship. The top winning team will receive $1,000 each, 2nd place team Members will receive $500 each and team members of the other two teams will receive $250 each. All student participants also receive a one year’s membership to SFTLA.

The Carlene Caldwell Scholarship fund was set up to celebrae the life and contributions of SFTLA's long time Executive Director, Carlene Caldwell. The fund is generated by donations made by SFTLA Members and friends and through money generated at the annual Silent Auction, which will be held this year at the Steinhart Aquarium on December 12th during SFTLA's annual Holiday Party.

2008

Four schools squared off in the sumptuous quarters of courtrooms one and three at the Ninth Circuit court in downtown San Francisco. Retired judges from ADR Services Hon. Joanne Parrilli and Hon. William Stein presided over USF, Hastings, Boalt and Golden Gate. SFTLA Board Members Christopher Viadro, Mark Zanobini, Dan Dell’Osso, Doris Cheng, and SFTLA Members Robert Gold, Andrew Locke, Thomas Fazioli, John Hurabiell, Panos Lagos and Richard Phelps, acted as the jury and evaluators.

In the afternoon the two top scoring teams, UC Hastings and Golden Gate, went head to head while ADR retired judge Hon. Alex Saldamando presided. SFTLA Board Members Dianna Albini, Linda Ross, Doris Cheng, Tony David, Chuck Geerhart, and SFTLA Members Bill Lombardini and Erica Nelson acted as jury and evaluators. After an intense competition it was announced that UC Hastings would take first place.

School teams consisted of two attorneys and two witnesses. Each attorney team member will receive a check from the Carlene Caldwell Scholarship. The top winning team will receive $1,000 each, 2nd place team Members will receive $500 each and team members of the other two teams will receive $250 each. All student participants also receive a one year’s membership to SFTLA.

The Carlene Caldwell Scholarship fund was set up to celebrate the life and contributions of SFTLA’s long time Executive Director, Carlene Caldwell. The fund is generated by donations made by SFTLA Members and friends and through money generated at the annual Silent Auction, which will be held this year at Parc 55 Hotel on December 11th during SFTLA’s annual Holiday Party.

 How the fund is collected

The fund is generated by online donations made by SFTLA Members and through money generated at the annual Silent Auction, which will be held this year during SFTLA’s annual Holiday Party.


 

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