Scholarship Awards

    Each year the Queen’s Bench Scholarship Committee awards, The Mildred W. Levin Scholarship and the Agnes O’Brien Smith Scholarship to second- or third-year law students with financial need who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, determination, and commitment to the community. The USF Agnes O’Brien Smith Scholarship

    2019 Scholarship Recipients

    UC Hastings School Of Law Mildred W. Levin Scholarship

    Mario Perez  Jessie Peterson
    Mario Perez’s drive and commitment to law and social justice moved the entire Scholarship Committee. He is an extraordinary student and a passionate advocate of immigrant rights. Having majored in Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles, his academic performance earned him a full-tuition scholarship and placement on the Dean’s List. Although determined to attend law school after his undergraduate studies, he was forced to put his dreams on hold when a gang member shot his brother. In order to emotionally and financially support his family, Mario stayed close to home and started working at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). In 2017, he witnessed the negative impact of the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As a beneficiary of DACA, he understood the importance of this program and decided he needed to attend law school to advocate for his community. Mario wrote in his essay “My inspirations have been many but primarily it is the desire to go back to my community and help others.” Currently, Mario is in his second year of law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He ranks in the top 10% of his class and has been awarded the USF Women Lawyer’s Committee Scholarship and the Cali Award for Excellence in Contracts. Additionally, he is part of the Student Immigration Law Association and Public Interest Law Society. Mario also volunteers at Glide Memorial Church. Jessie Peterson’s path to law school and commitment to juvenile justice is a remarkable and inspirational story. When she was two weeks old, she was placed into the foster care system because her biological mother was unable to care for her. Jessie was placed with a loving foster mother, Pattye, who taught her the importance of education and serving underprivileged communities. When Jessie was fifteen, Pattye passed away. Jessie was moved to what she called “less than adequate” homes. Despite being discouraged from attending college by her new foster parents, she held onto the values that Pattye had instilled in her at an early age. At eighteen, Jessie moved out of the foster care system and continued her education. She became an active member of the Guardian Scholars Program, a support program for foster youth. This inspired her to pursue a legal career so that she could give a voice to disadvantaged youth. Currently, she is a second-year law student at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She ranks in the top 5% of her class and is a member of the Honor Society, Dean’s List, Public Interest Law Foundation, and Criminal Law Society. Additionally, she is a commissioner at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Commission, where she works to ensure that the rights of minors are protected.

    Agnes O’Brien Smith Scholarship

    Lupita López Segoviano

    Born in La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico, Lupita immigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine, settling with her family in Castroville, a small rural town in the Salinas Valley. Although both of her parents received less than a sixth-grade education in Mexico, her mother pushed her to excel academically, which allowed her “crazy idea” of attending college to become a reality. She attended Santa Clara University and majored in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. Lupita decided to pursue a career in law after becoming aware of how systemic racism limits opportunities for communities of color. A graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, Lupita held leadership positions at student organizations including La Raza Student Association, and was the Senior Development Editor for the Hastings Law Journal. During law school, she was also a law clerk and clinical student at public defenders’ offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lupita looks forward to pursuing a public defense career and working to change the current criminal justice system by infusing the system with accountability through alternatives to incarceration. 
    Awards Committee

    The Awards Committee chooses the recipients of the Queen’s Bench Lifetime Achievement and Queen’s Bench Merit Awards and advises the Board on other awards as needed.


    Hana Hardy
    City of San José, Office of the City Attorney 
    e-mail: hananhardy(at)gmail(dot)com

    Sophia Maria Román
    The Gap, Inc. 
    e-mail: sophia_roman(at)gap(dot)com