The Ralph Santiago Abascal Memorial Fellowship honors Ralph Santiago Abascal '68, one of the Greatest and Most Effective Public Interest Attorneys during the Late 20th Century

This year-long post-graduate fellowship provides funding to a 2021/2022 graduate for a public interest project and recognizes the value of diversity in the workplace. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, and members of underserved or disadvantaged communities to apply for the fellowship.

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Ralph Abascal, ‘68

Ralph Santiago Abascal was a Hastings graduate whose remarkable career in public interest law spanned a thirty-year period. His unique ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with legislators and other public officials gave him unusual access and influence in representing the interests of the poor.

His Life and Legacy

Be Part of the Legacy

The Abascal Memorial Fellowship was established and funded by a large and diverse group that included Hastings students, faculty and alumni as well as Ralph’s family and numerous other friends and admirers. Tireless fundraising efforts and the generosity of our donors make it possible to continue his important work.

Ways to Give

Meet the Fellows

Each year, a Hastings 3L or recent Hastings graduate is selected for a paid fellowship to implement a unique project over the course of a year to address a gap in services.

The Abascal Fellows