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Formed in 2018, the NFALA Foundation is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that works closely with the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) to cultivate a pipeline of leaders through scholarship and financial aid to students interested in the legal profession, as well as spearheading fundraising efforts to support these programs. The NFALA Foundation is led by Noel Vales, Esq., President; Elaine Calderon, Esq., Treasurer; and Ray Sagun, Esq., Secretary; board members David Mesa, Esq. and Marc Pilotin, Esq.; and serving in ex officio capacities, Philip Nulud, Esq. (NFALA President), Kristy Gonowon, Esq. (NFALA President-Elect), and Catherine Asuncion, Esq. (NFALA Treasurer). 


The NFALA Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. Family Scholarship.  A grant in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded to a law student who demonstrates exceptional aptitude for the study of law and a strong commitment to serve or contribute to the Filipino American community as a future leader in the legal profession. 


Applications should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (PDT), May 31, 2020. This year’s scholarship recipient will be announced during NFALA’s annual Mid-Year Conference, which will be held virtually on June 12, 2020. 

For general inquiries about the NFALA Foundation and its programs, including opportunities to help expand scholarship offerings, please email scholarships@nfalafoundation.org. In addition to creating further scholarships in the future, the NFALA Foundation is also in the process of developing a law student relief program related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ray Ocampo, Jr.

About Raymond L. Ocampo Jr.
Ray Ocampo Jr. is the principal founder of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), one of the largest NFALA regional affiliates. He is President and CEO of Samurai Surfer LLC, a private investment company. He retired in 1996 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Oracle Corporation, where he served as its chief counsel for more than a decade after the company’s initial public offering. In 1997, he co-founded and served for two years as Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, which led to the school’s ranking by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s top intellectual property law program for 20 of the past 22 years. Ocampo received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1973 and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley in 1976. Continuing his longtime support of the Filipino American and Asian American legal communities, Ocampo has generously donated $5,000 to fund the NFALA Foundation’s distinguished scholarship.

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