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Celestial Summer Dove Cassman Scholarship

Celestial CassmanWe invite you to help us honor the memory of Celestial Summer Dove Cassman, graduate of UC Davis School of Law, Class of 2004, by supporting the Celestial Summer Dove Cassman Scholarship.  The purpose is twofold.  First, we wish to recognize a core value in Celestial’s life—the goal of ensuring access to resources and support institutions for the most vulnerable amongst us who face challenges that undermine their quality of life.  In law school, Celestial studied how race, gender, and economic status influenced student experiences, and she published an article on the topic.  Celestial was an active member of the King Hall Legal Foundation, and she also served as a mentor for elementary school students who came from Angola.  As a young professional, Celestial was active in fund-raising for and served on the Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Santa Cruz County—an organization devoted to providing advocacy, stability, and hope to children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.  The second purpose is to reinforce our lasting memory of Celestial as beloved friend, colleague, and family member—her beautiful smile, radiant spirit, and joy of life itself.

This Scholarship will provide support to a 2nd or 3rd year law student who demonstrates a commitment to advocacy for vulnerable families or for victims or survivors of violence against women.  “Vulnerable families” is defined to include (1) women who have experienced or are experiencing intimate partner violence; (2) children who have experienced or are experiencing neglect or abuse or who are otherwise wards of the state; and (3) families that are economically vulnerable.  The Scholarship will be awarded to a student based on merit and financial need; preference will be given to a student who is self-supporting and requires student loans to attend law school.

Our aspiration is to raise $100,000 within five years to establish an annual scholarship in honor of Celestial. Please join us in supporting this memorial.

We welcome all who wish to join in this endeavor, and ask that you show your support by making a gift to the Celestial Summer Dove Cassman Scholarship. Visit the online giving page or contact Karen L. Charney, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, UC Davis School of Law, at or 530.752.6209.