Reva Beck Bosone Scholarship Essay Topic Announced! Entries Due by Friday, 10/7!

The Women’s Law Caucus is excited to announce the topic for the 2011-2012 Reva Beck Bosone scholarship essay. The scholarship is worth $1,000 and the recipient will be recognized at the Women Lawyers of Utah retreat in November.

To enter, please prepare a two-page, double-spaced response to the below prompt.  Submit your response to bebe.grill@law.utah.edu by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th.

Reva Beck Bosone was one of the first Utah women lawyers to pave the way for generations of women to come.  Reva was born in 1895 in American Fork, Utah.  In 1930 she was the fourth woman to graduate from the University of Utah with a law degree.  She was the eleventh woman admitted to the Utah Bar.  In 1930, the same year she gave birth to her daughter, Bosone started her own law firm.  In 1932 she was elected to the Utah House of Representatives where she supported the New Deal by playing an important role in passing minimum wage and limiting work hours of women and children.  She also worked with Francis Perkins and Eleanor Roosevelt to pass the Utah Child Labor Constitutional Amendment.  In 1936 Bosone became the first woman to be elected a judge in Utah.  During her three terms as a city judge, Bosone supported establishing adult alcoholism and rehabilitation programs.  In 1948 Bosone was elected to the U.S. Congress.  She served two terms and became the first women to serve on the Interior Committee where she became involved in two major issues: reclamation projects and American Indian policy.  After losing another run for the House in 1952, Bosone returned to practicing law.  In 1960 Bosone was appointed judicial officer of the U.S. Post Office Department.  The highest-ranking woman in the department, Bosone heard cases involving mail fraud and tampering.  In 1968 Bosone retired.

Reva Beck Bosone was an outspoken and energetic woman who frequently encouraged women to “raise more hell.”  She frequently supported the underdog and became an influential woman in many regards.

Please tell us what aspects of your life, beliefs, and aspirations make you the best candidate for this scholarship.

See: Beverly B. Clopton, Her Honor, The Judge (1980).

NOTE: If you have any questions or would like to enter but have not yet paid your dues, please contact either sarah.clancy@law.utah.edu or bebe.grill@law.utah.edu.