Accomplished Students Win Inaugural Class of 2018 Scholarship

First-year student Leslie Joya '21 and LL.M. candidate Allyne Andrade e Silva '19 have been named the inaugural recipients of a scholarship established by the UCLA School of Law Class of 2018.

The Class of 2018 is the first graduating class to create a scholarship to benefit those who will follow in their footsteps. The class broke school records for percentage of graduating students who made a gift to the school and the overall size of the class gift. In recognition of their effort, the Class of 1975 and the law school contributed to the UCLA Class of 2018 Scholarship fund.

The scholarship will be presented annually to students who demonstrate financial need, are among the first generation in their families to pursue higher education, and demonstrate a commitment both before and during law school to advancing underserved communities.

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Leslie Joya 

A steadfast public-interest advocate, Joya started her 1L year at UCLA Law in August, following three years in which she worked in legal services through Immigrant Justice Corps, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project and the Immigrant Defenders Law Center. She is a 2014 graduate of Harvard University, where she helped lead Harvard Radcliffe RAZA and the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-led public service nonprofit. A student in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, Joya expects her law degree to allow her to have a greater impact in immigration and human rights, pursuits informed by her upbringing in Los Angeles, where she saw firsthand the barriers that working-class and undocumented migrant families face.

"I am very grateful to the Class of 2018 for their support," Joya says. "Their generosity reaffirms that I made the right choice in attending UCLA Law and joining a community that is committed to giving back."

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Allyne Andrade e Silva

Andrade e Silva is also committed to human rights advocacy, specializing in Critical Race Studies during her one-year LL.M. program. Born and raised in a poor community of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she is the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s in law and master’s in human rights. She has broad experience working in organizations that promote justice and racial equality in her home country and hopes that her CRS education will increase her effect in those areas. In addition to her studies at UCLA Law, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of São Paulo.

"I am very happy to have been chosen by the Class of 2018, and it is very important to see how these recent graduates are committed to supporting other students,” Andrade e Silva says. “I am really honored and grateful to be part of the UCLA Law community."

In addition to a monetary award, Joya and Andrade e Silva will receive dedicated support from mentors in the Class of 2018, who will offer academic and career advice during their tenures at UCLA Law.

"Leslie and Allyne perfectly embody the ideals we hoped to advance with this scholarship," says Class of 2018 president Ben Ryzak ’18, who starts as an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips this fall. "They are truly inspiring individuals, and I’m very proud to have them represent this honor as our first Class of 2018 Scholars."