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2007 - Yvonne Sosa-Gaytan, Creighton University School of Law

Yvonne Sosa-Gaytani is honored as the second recipient of the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment.

Yvonne Sosa-Gaytan is honored as the second reipient of the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment.

Yvonne Sosa-Gaytan has been awarded the Bennett G. Hornstein Memorial Scholarship for aspiring law students. Sosa-Gaytan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently a first-year student at the Creighton University School of Law. She began working for the Douglas County Defender’s Office as an intern in May of 2000 and continues her work there as chief secretary for the new Spanish-speaking division while attending law school. Sosa-Gaytan has been an active volunteer at the Chicano Awareness Center and is a member of several associations at Creighton University, including Latin Law Students, Women Law Students and Creighton Law Partners.

For more information, please contact Marty Ricks with the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation at (402) 334-8200 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The late Bennett Hornstein, assistant Douglas County public defender for 20 years, was a passionate advocate of the rights of those who could not afford a lawyer.  After his battle with cancer and untimely death at the age of 46, his family established the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment Fund in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.   This fund provides an annual scholarship for a law student who will carry on Hornstein’s commitment to working for those members of society whom no one else wants to help.  This is the second year for the scholarship, which last year was awarded to Lisa Morinelli from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  The selection committee is headed by Hornstein’s son, Joe, of Denver, Colorado, and includes Hornstein’s daughter, Jill Goldstein, attorney for Kutak Rock, as well other attorneys from the Omaha area.


The criteria for selection are those qualities that Hornstein exemplified:  a high standard of academic achievement, an adventurous spirit and a desire to take on an active role in service to the community.  Applicants must also be attending law school at the University of Nebraska or Creighton University.