Jackie Ching is the recipient of the Cades Schutte Scholarship, the Bruce C. Bigelow Memorial Scholarship and the Hyman M. & Betty D. Greenstein Memorial Scholarship. This is an excerpt of his thank-you letter to donors.
I am a third-year law student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. Growing up, I never thought that I would pursue a career in law, especially because of the well-known high financial costs of law school and the esoteric nature of the legal system.
However, after graduating from college, I worked in public service where I realized that I wanted to pursue a career where I can use the law to solve problems in our community and society.
Importantly, I wanted to attend Richardson because the school was close to home, and I wanted to shape my career plans and goals in a close-knit legal community.
I am very grateful to be attending Richardson. Going to Richardson has been a fulfilling experience. I am a Student Scholar Advocate and researcher for Professor Eric Yamamoto, the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice where we are examining executive branch-level evidentiary privileges. In addition, I am an articles editor for the University of Hawai‘i Law Review and am the captain of the Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court team. I am also serving as President and one of the founding members of the Federal Bar Association Hawai‘i Law Student Division.
These are wonderful opportunities, and I am grateful to be involved in so many areas of academic and student life at Richardson. These scholarships give me confidence, knowing that there are organizations in our community committed to supporting current students, including first-generation college and law students like me.
Your support not only motivates me to do my best in my coursework and programs at the law school, it also encourages me to continue striving to pursue my educational and career goals. Thank you again for your support.