In a program with a history of firsts, Jocelyn is the first to be awarded the David G. Hastings BA in Law Endowed Scholarship, the first-ever scholarship for a program of this type in the nation. The scholarship was established by double wildcat David G. Hastings ('79), founder of the Phoenix firm Hastings & Hastings, who credits his time at the university for being a motivating factor in establishing the award. “I love the university, I wanted to give back, and this is something that is meaningful to me,” he shared.
David is an alumnus of both the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and the James E. Rogers College of Law. He began his legal career representing many of the largest insurance companies in the world, but in 1981 he founded Hastings & Hastings, dedicated to representing victims of negligence and implementing a revolutionary pricing system that made legal services more accessible to those in need. An innovator in the legal field, Hastings recognized the important role graduates of the BA program had in advancing the industry and wanted to offer his support.
Director of the BA in Law program Keith Swisher explained,
“This groundbreaking, interdisciplinary degree program started as a tool to address the community need for professionals who have a fundamental understanding of law and legal skills. In a short amount of time, the program has grown to become an integral part of Arizona Law, adding to our diversity, our reach, our strength, and our impact. Its success owes so much to the dedication of the Arizona Law faculty, administrative team, and alumni, the steady support of our partner, the School of Government and Public Policy, and of course the enthusiasm and quality of our students—with Jocelyn being a perfect example.”
Jocelyn is a fitting first recipient of the award, as her professional goals align with the values David has instilled at his firm. He says,
“I think the legal field has endless opportunities, particularly for public service work, where you can help people. Jocelyn will also have countless opportunities in the private sector to use that degree to really help other people. She has a lot of avenues that she can use to explore ways of helping others.”
Visualizing A More Just Future
When she’s not studying, Jocelyn is active on campus working as a resident assistant, participating as a member of the Lambda Theta Alpha sorority and serving her second term as the president of the multi-cultural and identity-based Greek council.
Through the BA program, she’s been able to marry her interest in the law with her passion for community advocacy. In one instance, her work as part of Arizona Law’s Innovation for Justice program’s Visualizing Justice course helped to inform her senior thesis project, in which she plans to create resources for parents of students with learning differences so they have the information they need to be advocates for their children.
Jocelyn also hopes to be a resource for other students going through the program. When asked what advice she might provide first-year students new to the major, she noted, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, because it's out there, and you deserve it.”
For more information on how to get involved with Arizona Law’s scholarship program, contact Senior Director of Development Megan O’Leary.