LOS ANGELES - Global law firm Reed Smith, in partnership with California ChangeLawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation), has announced that Sallia Wilkins, a first year law student at the University of San Francisco School of Law, has been named the recipient of the 2018 California ChangeLawyers Deborah J. Broyles Memorial Scholarship. The California ChangeLawyers Deborah J. Broyles scholarship was established in 2016 and supported by Reed Smith and many friends, colleagues and other supporters is in to honor the late Deborah J. Broyles, a Reed Smith partner and the firm’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, who was nationally known as a trailblazer in diversity efforts in the legal profession.

Sallia’s story is one of perseverance and determination despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Growing up in foster care surrounded by poverty, violence, and injustice motivated her to work hard and go beyond her circumstances. She did not allow it to dictate her future. Having firsthand experience with the juvenile justice system through relatives and friends gave Sallia insight on the possibilities with reforms the current justice system. She plans to use her legal education to help guide restorative justice because she understands when you aren't attentive to the needs of people marginalized you create a legacy of injustice.

In Sallia's own words, "In Ms. Broyles' honor I plan to become the change agent she was and do all that I can for disenfranchised communities inflicted by inequality and injustice."

“Sallia Wilkins epitomizes the standard set by our dear colleague and friend Deborah Broyles – an intrinsic curiosity about the law and how it can be used to advocate for the disadvantaged, a fearlessness in the face of adversity, and an unyielding ambition to change the world,” said John Iino, Reed Smith’s Chief Diversity Officer. “We are exceptionally proud that California ChangeLawyers has granted this the scholarship to Sallia in Deborah’s name.”