Member Diversity Initiatives

Through the efforts of NALP's Employment Diversity Committee, organizations within the legal community have provided information regarding diversity programs, initiatives and events. To have your organization's information included here, send a short description via email with the subject line "Diversity Information" to Lisa Quirk, lisa@nalp.org.

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WilmerHale and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Partner to Honor the Late John A. Payton

John A. Payton Summer Associate Fellowship to be extended to 2015 WilmerHale summer associates

John A. Payton was the sixth President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation’s preeminent civil rights and racial justice law firm. Prior to joining LDF, Mr. Payton was a Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and, later, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) for a combined total of 27 years. A brilliant litigator, Mr. Payton dedicated his life to justice, equality and opportunity until he died suddenly on March 22, 2012 after a brief illness. Upon his passing, President Barack Obama remembered Mr. Payton as a “legend” and “a true champion of equality,” whose “courage and fierce opposition to discrimination in all its forms” would never be forgotten.

WilmerHale and LDF honor Mr. Payton’s enduring legacy through the creation of the John A. Payton Summer Associate Fellowship, which will provide one summer associate in WilmerHale’s Washington DC office the opportunity to spend half of their summer at LDF in New York City.

“Establishing the Fellowship was a way for WilmerHale to honor John, continue his enduring legacy and underscore to young lawyers the firm’s continuing commitment to advocating for civil rights social justice issues,” said WilmerHale Co-Managing Partner Susan Murley.

Prior to joining LDF and guiding the organization to resounding legal victories, Mr. Payton spent the bulk of his career in private practice in WilmerHale’s Washington DC office, where he was an advocate for pro bono service. John demonstrated his signature brilliance when he served as lead counsel for the University of Michigan, defending its affirmative action policy, in Gratz v. Bollinger. Mr. Payton handled this extraordinarily important and high-profile case in the trial court, court of appeals and in his argument before the US Supreme Court. The Court’s decision in the landmark companion case, Grutter v. Bollinger, upholding race-conscious admissions in higher education, represented the vindication of the strategy that Mr. Payton devised and implemented over more than six years litigating Gratz to support the educational benefits of diversity.

“John brought his brilliant intellect and painstaking preparation to all of his work, while maintaining an infectious optimism and confidence that made good things not simply possible, but probable. In so doing, John personified the best of civil rights lawyering. We honor John by providing the means for young lawyers to engage in the hands-on work of forging ‘a more perfect union’ using the tools of appellate advocacy that John so loved and that he so wholly mastered,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF President and Director-Counsel.

Below is additional information about the program:

  • The Fellowship will allow one Washington DC-based WilmerHale summer associate to split the summer between the firm and LDF.
  • WilmerHale summer associates who accept an offer in DC and are interested in participating will apply directly to the LDF by December 30, 2014.
  • Applications should include a statement of interest and a resume.
  • LDF will select a Fellow based on their hiring criteria and needs.
  • The selected Fellow will spend a minimum of five (5) weeks with the firm and five (5) weeks with the LDF.
  • The Fellow will continue to receive their standard weekly summer associate salary of $3,100 for the duration of the Fellowship.
  • LDF will conduct a performance evaluation of the Fellow that will be included in his/her summer associate file for review by the firm’s Hiring Committee.

If you have questions please contact Director, Diversity Kenneth Imo at 202-247-2017 or Managing Director, Legal Personnel Beth Miller at 202-247-4294.


BINGHAM'S 2015 THURGOOD MARSHALL FELLOWSHIP

Bingham is pleased to announce the 2015 Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, honoring the first African-American Justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a man who had a profound effect on the civil rights movement of the 20th century. This fellowship is particularly meaningful to the firm because Justice Marshall’s son, Thurgood Marshall, Jr., is a partner in our D.C. office, having joined us after his own distinguished career in public service.

Fellowship Award: We expect to award two fellowships to the class of 2016, one in Bingham’s east coast region and the other in our west coast region. Recipients will receive a paid summer associate position and a $25,000 fellowship to be distributed as follows: $15,000 applied to third-year law school tuition after successful completion of our summer program (including receipt of an offer of permanent employment), and $10,000 upon commencement of full-time employment at the firm.

Selection Criteria: Candidates must expect to graduate in Spring 2016 and have outstanding undergraduate and law school academic credentials, strong oral and written communication skills, proven leadership, and a commitment to succeed as a lawyer in a large, private practice environment. Recipients will be selected based upon merit (including academic success and extracurricular activities), personal achievement, civic involvement, recommendations and a personal statement.

Application Process: To apply, please submit the following by August 15, 2014: (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, (3) undergraduate and law school transcripts, (4) a writing sample, (5) one letter of recommendation, and (6) a personal statement of 1,000 words or less addressing the following two topics: (a) how you would contribute to the diversity of the legal profession, and (b) what the following Thurgood Marshall quote means to you.

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns — bent down and helped us pick up our boots.

Please submit materials to:
East Coast Region Applicants
Kate Rooney Thomson
Legal Recruiting Manager
Bingham McCutchen LLP
2020 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
kate.rooneythomson@bingham.com

West Coast Region Applicants
Stephanie Lorber
Legal Recruiting Manager
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Three Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
stephanie.lorber@bingham.com

About Bingham: Bingham offers a broad range of market-leading practices focusing on global financial services firms and FORTUNE 100 companies, with more than 1,000 lawyers in 15 locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. We have been one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” since 2005, and our diversity program is a critical element of our inclusive culture, business and values.


KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LLP MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in our 2015 Summer Associate Program - one in our Chicago office and one in our New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession. Please use the following link to the Careers page on our website to see the Minority Scholarship Application at http://www.kattenlaw.com/minority-scholarship.


AKIN GUMP ROBERT STRAUSS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

In furtherance of the steadfast commitment of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to diversity and inclusion, as well as the firm’s ongoing efforts to recruit, retain and promote attorneys who contribute to the diversity of the firm and the legal profession, the firm is pleased to offer the Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship (the “Strauss Scholarship”). Akin Gump and the firm’s founding partner, Robert Strauss, recognize that a workforce comprised of attorneys and staff from diverse social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds is an important component in providing outstanding client service. The firm is continually seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm and we have developed the Strauss Scholarship to advance this effort.

Description of the Program
The Strauss Scholarship provides a $25,000 scholarship for each of two outstanding second year law students at U.S. law schools to offset expenses for their third year of law school. The scholarships will be awarded to students who evidence their commitment to diversity in the legal profession, who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm. In addition to the financial award, the scholarships also provide mentoring from firm attorneys and a paid second year summer associate position in the firm’s New York or Washington, D.C. office.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must have excellent undergraduate and law school academic performance and evidence of leadership abilities, personal and professional accomplishments, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity. Akin Gump seeks candidates who will thrive in meeting the firm’s core competencies: Ownership, Professional Excellence, Service and Teamwork and Client Focus; and who have demonstrated evidence of the firm’s core values: Collegiality, Commitment, Excellence, Integrity and Intensity.

Eligibility
To be eligible to be considered for the Strauss Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2016 at the time of application. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program following their second year of law school. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm. The first half of the scholarship will be paid upon successful completion of the firm’s summer associate program. The second half of the scholarship will be paid prior to the second semester of the student’s third year of law school, provided that they have received and accepted an offer to join the firm as an associate following the completion of their legal education.

Application Process
Applications for the program will be accepted between July 14 through August 29, 2014. Law students interested in the Strauss Scholarship must submit the following materials in order to be considered:
1. A completed application form (stating office preference), current resume and law school transcript
2. A personal statement (no more than 750 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated academic and leadership achievements and commitment to diversity
3. A legal writing sample
4. Contact information for three academic or professional references.

Applications should be sent via email to: nylegalrecruiting@akingump.com (New York office) or dcrecruiting@akingump.com (Washington, D.C. office). The subject line should read “Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship.” Applications should be sent in one PDF document with the file name as follows: “Last_First_LawSchool_ AGOffice of Interest”—e.g. Smith_John_Michigan_DC.

Candidates may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office.

Questions
Questions about the Akin Gump Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship should be directed to:
nylegalrecruiting@akingump.com (New York office)
or
dcrecruiting@akingump.com (Washington, D.C. office)

For additional information about diversity at Akin Gump, please visit our website at http://www.akingump.com/en/our-firm/diversity/index.html.



Reed Smith LLP 2014 Diverse Scholars Program

At Reed Smith, our Core Values - Integrity, Quality, Teamwork & Respect, Performance, and Innovation & Improvement - support our vision and drive our success. Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative embodies each of these core values as we believe that diversity at all levels is a true sign of a successful enterprise.

Accordingly, we are proud to offer Reed Smith’s 2014 Diverse Scholars Program. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.

The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process. Please contact Dana Levin, Director of Legal Recruiting, at dlevin@reedsmith.com for additional information.

Summer associate positions in 2015 are available in: Chicago; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston; and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by August 4, 2014.

Please visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com to download an application and for more information about our program.

To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/


K&L Gates LCLD Scholar Program

Creating successful pathways to leadership and stewardship at K&L Gates starts with engagement. As a firm committed to diversity and inclusion, K&L Gates engages our lawyers through mentorship, teamwork, and a steadfast belief in the power of our people to change the legal profession, and the power of our profession to change society.

Accordingly, we are pleased to announce the K&L Gates LCLD Scholars Program. To formally apply, please submit the following materials starting on December 1, 2013.

  • Resume
  • Unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • A 5-10 page legal writing sample
  • A list of three references with contact information

To be considered in Charlotte, click here.

To be considered in Dallas, click here.

To be considered in Pittsburgh, click here.

The selected LCLD 1L Scholar will receive real-life experience on a broad range of projects typically seen by junior associates including research and writing assignments, accompanying our lawyers to court appearances, client meetings, and other key events. The LCLD 1L Scholar will also be awarded a paid 2014 1L summer associate position in Charlotte, Dallas, or Pittsburgh.

To request additional information or for questions, please contact:

Alisa M. Goodwin
Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Manager
K&L Gates LLP
Email: alisa.goodwin@klgates.com
Direct: +1.202.778.9454


K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Creating successful pathways to leadership and stewardship at K&L Gates starts with engagement. As a firm committed to diversity and inclusion, K&L Gates engages our lawyers through mentorship, teamwork, and a steadfast belief in the power of our people to change the legal profession, and the power of our profession to change society.

Accordingly, we are pleased to announce the K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship Program in our Seattle office.

To formally apply, please click here and submit the following materials online by midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on January 16, 2014:

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • A list of your Fall 2013 law school courses (or unofficial transcript if available)
  • A 5-10 page legal writing sample
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words, describing the contribution you would make to the legal profession and to K&L Gates in particular (this may serve as your cover letter)

The Seattle office will announce the Diversity Fellowship recipient in mid-February 2014. The selected recipient will receive a paid position as a 1L summer associate and a $10,000 stipend.

To learn more about the 1L Diversity Fellowship, please visit our Fellowship page and view the FAQs page on our website. To request additional information or for questions, please contact:

Tia Chang
Legal Recruitment and Development Assistant
K&L Gates LLP
+1.206.370.5760
tia.chang@klgates.com


BARNES & THORNBURG DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Barnes & Thornburg recognizes that a commitment to diversity requires action. We are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, and open culture made up of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds. We strive to sustain a work environment in which each individual’s perspective, background, skills, and abilities are valued. To achieve this mission, Barnes & Thornburg is committed to hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse team of employees that reflect the various communities in which we work. We strive to create a climate of inclusion, grow our talent pool, and foster innovation and creativity to compete in the global market.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to announce the Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Barnes &Thornburg and the legal profession. The Scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be enrolled and in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school.
  • Possess a record of academic achievement that demonstrates great promise for a successful legal career.
  • Applicants should want to be part of a talented and driven team, possess a high level of work intensity and value practicing law in a highly focused but collegial setting.
  • Factors considered in the selection of scholarship recipients include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.
  • Applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • Eligible Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials:
    • Completed application form https://careers.btlaw.com/virecruitselfapply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=8&FilterJobCategoryID=13
    • Current resume including undergraduate GPA and law school GPA when available
    • A personal statement describing how their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of the firm.

APPLYING FOR THE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Interested first-year students should complete the on-line application at: https://careers.btlaw.com/virecruitselfapply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=8&FilterJobCategoryID=13

Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume (should include undergraduate GPA and law school GPA if available) and personal statement describing how or why their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. Application materials must be received by February 7, 2014 (if all law school grades are not received by the deadline date, please submit available grades and the remainder of grades can be submitted as they are received)


THE COOLEY LLP 2014 DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the Firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the Firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the Firm as a full-time associate. Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are encouraged to apply. Award recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2014, with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient's first year of law school. The application deadline is January 10, 2014.

Eligibility

We welcome applications from all law students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2016 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity
  • Can participate in and complete Cooley's 2014 Summer Associate Program and
  • Will not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between January 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be selected based on consideration of the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
  • Undergraduate and law school academic performance
  • Personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service

Application Process

Applications are being accepted online until January 10, 2014. Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement, no more than one single-spaced page, demonstrating achievement of the selection criteria for the Diversity Fellowship
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Law school transcript
  • Other graduate program transcript(s)

Please direct any inquiries to diversityfellowship@cooley.com.


MORRISON & FOERSTER 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Morrison & Foerster is dedicated to investing in the next generation of lawyers, including the recruitment, retention and promotion of talented diverse lawyers. Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is an integral part of this long-term investment.

Each year, up to 10 fellowships are awarded to highly motivated first-year law students who are members of historically underrepresented ethnic and/or racial minority groups.

Fellows receive paid summer associate positions in one of the firm’s nine U.S. offices following the completion of their first year of law school. Assuming satisfactory performance during the 1L summer internship, fellows have the option to return as second-year summer associates.

Fellows receive a total of $15,000, which is paid in two equal amounts. The first amount is awarded at the time that the candidate accepts his or her offer to return as a second-year summer associate, and the second installment is paid when the candidate accepts an offer of full-time employment as an associate following the completion of his or her legal studies.

The program provides outstanding law students — each of whom has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement — with the opportunity to see, experience and benefit from working with talented colleagues. For 10 consecutive years, The American Lawyer has ranked us among the top 10 firms for overall diversity on its annual Diversity Scorecard. The excellence of our diverse lawyers has also been recognized in publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers, IFLR and Legal 500.

The deadline for the 2014 Diversity 1L Fellowship Program is January 3, 2014. For more information about the 1L Diversity Fellowship and/or our other 1L opportunities, please visit our recruiting website (http://www.mofocareers.com/current-openings/1L_Opportunities.html).


FOSTER PEPPER PLLC 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP - SUMMER 2014

Foster Pepper has traditionally sought and attracted strong lawyers with diverse backgrounds, believing that such diversity enriches our workplace and enhances our ability to serve our clients. We are committed to continuing that tradition by:

  • Aggressively recruiting and hiring the most qualified diverse attorneys;
  • Promoting those attorneys to positions of responsibility throughout the firm; and
  • Maintaining a work environment that fosters mutual respect among all of our employees.

In an effort to deepen this commitment, we have established the Foster Pepper 1L Diversity Fellowship. This Fellowship will provide the recipient with a paid summer associate position in our Seattle office and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be applied toward the 2014-2015 academic year.

Eligibility

Any individual of color or other diverse background who:

  • Is enrolled and in good standing as a first-year law student (Juris Doctor) at an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Demonstrates a record of academic achievement that evidences great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession;
  • Contributes meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community; and
  • Demonstrates a commitment to practice law in Seattle, Washington following graduation from law school,

Eligible Applicants Should Submit the Following Materials

  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in practicing law in Seattle, your interest in Foster Pepper and its Summer Program, and how you would contribute to the diversity of Foster Pepper and the Seattle legal community;
  • A resume;
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript and law school grades (when they become available); and
  • Three professional or academic references (please provide contact information) and authorization to contact those individuals and disclose the reason for that contact.

Deadlines

January 15, 2014 Submission Deadline. Foster Pepper must receive all application materials by this date.
Late January/ Early February, 2014 Interviews with Semi-Finalists at Foster Pepper (Foster Pepper shall arrange and pay for semi-finalists’ travel to Foster Pepper’s Seattle office for interviews.)
Week of February 10, 2014 Fellowship recipient announced (consistent with NALP rules, Fellowship offer shall remain open for 14 days after the date extended.)

Please Submit Your Application Materials To:
Ms. Bethany Brown
Manager, Attorney Recruitment & Professional Development
Foster Pepper PLLC
1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101


2014 ARENT FOX ANNUAL DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Arent Fox LLP is seeking applications for the 9th Annual Diversity Scholarship Program. Arent Fox will award a $15,000 scholarship to three first-year law students in our Washington, New York, and Los Angeles office.

Arent Fox’s 2014 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks; from May 19 through July 25, 2014. The summer associate salary is $3,000 per week, and the scholarship recipient will receive the $15,000 award in July 2014. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the 2014 Summer Program.

The Firm will accept applications from December 1, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. (local time) on January 22, 2014. To apply for the scholarship program, please complete the electronic application and provide the required materials listed in the downloadable FAQ.

Please submit your application materials online through our Careers website: http://www.arentfox.com/careers/diversity/diversity-scholarship. Law school grades must be forwarded to the contact below, once available.

For more information contact:

Washington, DC
Ms. Libby Tracy
Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager
202.715.8503
lawrecruit@arentfox.com

New York, NY
Ms. Rachel Snitkoff
Senior Attorney Recruitment Manager
nyattorneyrecruit@arentfox.com

Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Kimberly Harrell
HR/Attorney Recruitment Manager
laattorneyrecruit@arentfox.com


FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS 2L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is accepting applications for its 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program. FaegreBD offers four Fellowships annually that provide professional experience and mentorship to second-year law students from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Fellowship awardees will each receive a 10-week summer clerkship in the firm's Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis or South Bend office between their second and third years of law school. During the clerkship, awardees will participate in formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through the firm's summer program. Each recipient will be matched with a mentor lawyer who will offer guidance to the student throughout the academic year and during the summer associate experience.

Students selected for the Fellowship will each receive a $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of their summer associate positions. Recipients are eligible to be considered for full-time employment as an associate with the firm upon graduation from law school.

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2015 and be interested in a summer associate position with the firm. Candidates must also submit a personal statement describing how or why they will contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels and/or in the legal profession.

Interested law students may visit FaegreBD.com/Fellowship for more information and should complete the online application (select Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship from the menu on the left) for the 2014 Diversity Fellowship by September 6, 2013. The Fellowship program supports Faegre Baker Daniels' ongoing commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. FaegreBD invests in recruiting a diverse workforce by supporting pipeline programs, attending multiple diversity job fairs, and conducting on-campus outreach to diverse law student populations. For more information, visit FaegreBD.com/Diversity.


PATTERSON BELKNAP WEBB & TYLER LLP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP ESTABLISHED

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP believes that a workforce made up of people from diverse social, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds results in a dynamic and supportive workplace for our attorneys and staff and enhances our ability to provide the highest-quality representation for and service to our clients. As part of our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession, we are pleased to offer the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship.

The Fellowship Program

The Fellowship, which includes an award of up to $15,000, will be offered to an exceptional rising second-year law student who shows the promise both of becoming an outstanding attorney and of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Patterson Belknap and the legal community. The Fellowship will be awarded in the course of the regular fall recruiting season for summer associate positions and the Fellow will participate in the regular summer associate program at the Firm in the year after the Fellowship is awarded.

In addition to a paid position as a 2L summer associate, the Fellow will receive $5,000 on the first day as a 2L summer associate, $5,000 upon acceptance of an offered position as an associate at Patterson Belknap and $5,000 on the first day of joining the firm as an associate.

Eligibility

The recipient of the Fellowship must demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities, together with personal and professional accomplishments and a commitment to community service. The recipient should demonstrate the potential to be successful in the legal profession and to be a meaningful contributor to the diversity of our firm and the legal community. All applicants must be entering their second year in good standing pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA accredited law school.

We will accept applications for the 2014 Fellowship until July 2013. We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible. You may send your first-year law school transcript after you receive it. Applications must include:

  • Cover letter stating that you are applying for the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship;
  • Resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of law school grades;
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship and how you would contribute to the diversity of our firm and the legal profession, including any past contributions that you have made to the legal community; and
  • A writing sample.

All materials should be sent by email and/or regular mail to the attention of:
Ms. Robin Klum
Director of Professional Development
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP


REED SMITH LLP 2012 DIVERSE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

At Reed Smith, our Core Values - Integrity, Quality, Teamwork & Respect, Performance, and Innovation & Improvement - support our vision and drive our success. Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative embodies each of these core values as we believe that diversity at all levels is a true sign of a successful enterprise.

Accordingly, we are proud to offer Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.

The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process. Please contact Dana Levin, Director of Legal Recruiting, at dlevin@reedsmith.com for additional information.

Summer associate positions in 2014 are available in: Chicago; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston; and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2013.

Please visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com to download an application and for more information about our program.

To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/.

MCCA LLOYD M. JOHNSON, JR. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. (“LMJ”), Scholarship Program is open to all students who have been accepted into law school to start in the fall of 2013 pursuing a juris doctor (non-LL.M.) degree. Only students enrolled in a full-time, ABA accredited, day program with an anticipated graduation date in Spring 2016 are eligible to apply. The goal of the program is to promote academic excellence and diversity in law schools by awarding newly accepted law students from disadvantaged backgrounds with scholarships to help defray their education expenses.

Scholarship recipients will receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school. Recipients may qualify for additional financial support in years two and three.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2013

For more information about the Scholarship Program or to apply on-line, please visit www.uncf.org/sections/forstudents/ss_scholarships/scholarDetailSGA.asp?id=885.


MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON LLP 2013 1L DIVERSITY SUMMER PROGRAM

Munger, Tolles & Olson believes that a diverse work force improves our ability to serve the needs of our clients and creates a more dynamic workplace for our attorneys. As part of our ongoing effort to recruit, retain and promote attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession, we are pleased to offer up to six 1L summer associate positions in our Los Angeles and/or San Francisco offices.

These positions will be offered to exceptional first-year law students who show the promise of being outstanding attorneys and, in addition, contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Munger, Tolles & Olson and the legal community, including, but not limited to, law students who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are physically challenged, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Each participant in the 1L Summer Program is required to spend a minimum of seven weeks in our office, and may stay a maximum of ten weeks. The weekly salary for participants is the same as our program for 2L and 3L students.

Public Interest Opportunity
Upon completion of seven weeks at the firm, in lieu of spending additional time at Munger, Tolles & Olson, each participant in the 1L Summer Program will have the option to spend up to four weeks performing legal work for a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area and receive his or her weekly salary from the firm. Students interested in this option will need to submit a written description of the public interest opportunity prior to commencing employment at the firm.

We are looking for applicants who possess a record of academic, employment, community, and other achievements indicating the potential for success in law school and in the legal profession and who will contribute meaningfully to the diversity of our firm and the legal community. All applicants must be first-year law students in good standing pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA accredited law school.

We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible. Although we will accept applications until March 1, 2013, we consider completed applications on a rolling basis and our limited number of positions may be full prior to that time.

Applications must include:
1) Cover letter specifying the applicant’s office preference
2) Resume
3) Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of first semester law school grades when available
4) Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of undergraduate grades
5) A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in the Munger, Tolles & Olson 1L Summer Program and how you would contribute to the diversity of the legal profession
6) Contact information for two references, at least one of whom can comment meaningfully on your law school work

All materials should be sent by email and/or regular mail to the attention of:
Ms. Kevinn C. Villard
Director of Legal Recruiting
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
355 South Grand Avenue, 35th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90071-1560
Email: Kevinn.Villard@mto.com
Phone: (213) 683-9242


PERKINS COIE 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP-SUMMER 2013

Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that more accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities at large. Since 1991 we have been pleased to offer student fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year.

These offices are hosting a 2013 1L Diversity Fellow:
Bellevue, apply by January 14, 2013
Portland, apply by January 22, 2013
Chicago, apply by January 22, 2013
San Francisco, apply by January 14, 2013
Los Angeles, apply by January 14, 2013
Seattle, apply by January 14, 2013
Phoenix, apply by January 22, 2013
Washington, D.C., apply by January 22, 2013

Candidates may apply to only one office. All applications are taken online at PerkinsCoie.com/1LDiversity

Please include the following application materials:

  • A Current Resume
  • Current Law School Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A personal statement
  • Three References
  • Writing Sample

Each year 1L Diversity Student Fellows are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The individual must be a first-year law student in good standing pursuing a J.D. degree at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • The individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that demonstrate great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession.
  • The individual must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community. Our definition of diversity is broad and past finalists and recipients have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled and sexual orientation minority groups. While applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances, a demonstrated need for financial assistance may be taken into consideration.

For general questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Jill Connolly, Legal Recruitment Manager, via e-mail.


FISH & RICHARDSON 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Fish & Richardson, a global law firm dedicated to intellectual property, litigation and technology law, is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2013. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Program

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: mentoring, a $5,000 scholarship, a paid summer associate position in the domestic office of the student's choice, and participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program.

Eligibility

Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community, and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson's practice areas.

Selection

The following criteria will be considered in the selection of the Fellowship recipients:

  • Academic excellence
  • Writing and analytical abilities
  • Leadership qualities and special skills
  • Relevant background or experience
  • Demonstrated work ethic
  • Commitment to diversity
  • Personal accomplishments
  • Professional goals and interest which align with the firm

Application

Fish will accept applications for the 2013 1L Diversity Fellowship Program from December 1, 2012 through January 7, 2013.

  • Application materials must include a completed application form, a personal statement (500 words or less), current resume, undergraduate transcript (unofficial accepted), legal writing sample, and list of three professional references (references should include at least one professor or other professional from the student’s educational institution).
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.
  • Only complete applications will be considered. Early online and e-mail submissions are highly encouraged. Reply via e-mail to Diversity@fr.com.

For more information about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.


Carmody & Torrance LLP and Northeast Utilities Legal Department 2012 Diversity Scholar Program Joint Summer Associate Experience

Carmody & Torrance LLP and Northeast Utilities Legal Department will provide a second year law student of a diverse background a unique opportunity to participate in their summer associate programs. This salaried summer associate experience will be 10-12 weeks in length, depending on the recipient’s schedule. The selected student will spend half of the summer at Northeast Utilities Legal Department where he/she will have an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day work experiences of in-house attorneys at a major Connecticut utility. The other half of the program will be spent at Carmody & Torrance, the largest law firm in Western Connecticut, participating in its regular Summer Associate program with exposure to its training programs and work assignments as well as getting a feel for what a career at a firm is like. A mentor from each organization will provide professional and personal development assistance.

Both Carmody & Torrance and Northeast Utilities are committed to the recruitment and retention of attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Both organizations are active in the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (formerly the Connecticut Lawyers Group) and Carmody & Torrance was one of the original founding members of this group. As part of our ongoing efforts to promote diversity in the Connecticut legal community, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to second year law students.

Selection Criteria
All students of diverse backgrounds at ABA accredited law schools who have completed their first year at law school are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be selected based on academic, personal and professional achievement.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should submit:

  • A resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • A writing sample
  • A personal statement describing the contribution you would make to promote diversity in the legal profession, and an explanation your interest in this program in particular
  • Two references including one from a law school professor or someone who can comment on your legal work

2013 Program Application Deadline: September 15, 2012

Please send applications to:
Laurie Logan-Priscott, Director of Human Resources and Professional Development
Carmody & Torrance
50 Leavenworth Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Fax 203-575-2600
Email llogan-priscott@carmodylaw.com

Candidates selected for interviews will meet with attorneys from both Carmody & Torrance & Northeast Utilities Legal Department.


KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Founded over 100 years ago, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has grown from what originated as a partnership of two lawyers to a Firm of over 1,500 lawyers, with offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. As stated in our Diversity Mission Statement, we believe our ability to function at the very highest level of our profession is significantly enhanced by building a team of lawyers who bring us the benefits of a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds. We know that diversity enriches our Firm and enhances our ability to practice law, so we are proud to sponsor the Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program.

Fellowship Benefits:
The Fellowship consists of a $25,000* stipend payable during the recipient's third year of law school.

Eligibility:
This merit-based Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis. To be considered, the candidate must: (1) be enrolled and in good standing as a second-year law student (Juris Doctor) at an ABA-accredited law school and/or be a joint-degree student at an ABA-accredited law school that will graduate from both programs in 2014; (2) have a demonstrated record of academic achievement; (3) demonstrate that he or she will contribute meaningfully, as a result of background, personal attributes or characteristics, to the diversity goals of Kirkland; (4) receive an offer to join the Kirkland summer program in one of our domestic offices; (5) have a sincere interest and commitment to private practice; and (6) be likely to practice after graduation at one of Kirkland’s offices.

In order to receive the Fellowship stipend, a candidate awarded the Fellowship must participate in the Summer Associate Program in one of Kirkland’s domestic offices. Splitting between two Kirkland offices may be permitted upon approval of the two offices’ Recruiting Chairs. Splitting with another law firm is not permitted unless the candidate (1) has previously completed an entire summer program at one of Kirkland’s domestic offices; or (2) must return to his/her 1L firm for two to three weeks in order to finalize his/her offer from his/her 1L firm.

Application:
Candidates must apply online by August 27, 2012, or no later than one week after our On-Campus Interview visit at your school. In order for an application to be considered complete, candidates must (1) complete the application form; (2) upload a brief (maximum one page) personal statement addressing ways in which the candidate has promoted and will continue to promote diversity in the legal community, and an explanation of the individual's interest in Kirkland; and (3) upload his/her resumé and most up-to-date law school transcript.

Interviews:
Applicants are encouraged to sign-up for on-campus interviews in each office where they would like to spend their 2013 Summer. Candidates who apply prior to receiving second semester grades should remember to submit an updated transcript as soon as it becomes available. As with all summer associates, there is no guarantee of full-time employment after graduation, but it is our sincere hope that all of our Fellows will ultimately decide to practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

*$25,000 less all required income and payroll taxes.

For additional information about Kirkland & Ellis LLP, please visit www.kirkland.com and direct questions to Cherie Conrad Beffa at cherie.beffa@kirkland.com.


DORSEY & WHITNEY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Global law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce the eighth annual Dorsey Diversity Fellowship program. Each Fellowship recipient will work as a summer associate in the Firm's Denver, Seattle or Minneapolis office and, at the end of each summer (as applicable), will receive $7,500 toward law school tuition and expenses for the school year. Each fellowship recipient who joins the Firm as a new associate will receive an additional $5,000.

Dorsey’s Denver and Minneapolis offices plan to hire second-year law students and are now accepting applications on a rolling basis. The firm’s Seattle office plans to hire first-year law students and will accept applications from December 1, 2012 through January 21, 2013.

All students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school who meet the class year requirements stated above are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of academic achievement and a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal community. The Fellowship application is available for download here.

The Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship is a natural extension of the Firm’s commitment to diversity. Dorsey is committed to attracting, recruiting, retaining and advancing attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Dorsey supports numerous organizations that promote diversity in the legal community, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The Firm actively recruits from minority job fairs each fall. In addition, the Firm encourages attorneys to become involved in internal networking and affinity groups as well as local minority bar associations.

http://www.dorsey.com/diversity_fellowship_2013/


SIDLEY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP

Sidley Austin LLP has been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law firm diversity. Sidley's mission is to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds who reflect the global marketplace that Sidley serves. Through the leadership of its Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, Sidley aspires to make sustainable progress in its journey toward becoming a more diverse organization. To further promote diversity within the legal profession and within the firm, Sidley offers a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for Second Year Law Students. Sidley will grant a $15,000 Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to a limited number of deserving second year law students who join Sidley's summer program. Some information regarding the application process is summarized below.

Selection Criteria

  • Have a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school, the firm and the legal profession
  • Be a second year law student; preference is given to students at schools where Sidley conducts on-campus interviews (OCI) or participates in resume collections
  • Have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

  • Join Sidley’s Summer Associate Program following the second year of law school
  • Use the Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship award to defray the costs of his/her legal education
  • Participate in Sidley's ongoing dialogue regarding ways to improve diversity and inclusion

Application Timeline

  • Students interested in the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship should apply before interviewing with the firm during OCI. Students attending law schools where Sidley does not conduct OCI are encouraged to apply by September 1. Awardees will be notified of the decision during the course of the recruiting season. The Scholarship application is not an application for employment. Applicants must separately apply for a summer associate position.

How to Apply

  • Interested applicants should submit an application, including resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample and personal statement to Jenny Connelly at scholarship@sidley.com or at Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60603. The application can be found on our website at http://www.sidley.com/careers/northamerica/about/diversityscholars.
  • Optional - Letter of recommendation from a professor (law school or undergraduate), employer or personal acquaintance who can meaningfully comment on Applicant's academic and intellectual strengths, demonstrated commitment to diversity, and/or ability to contribute to Sidley's diversity efforts.

About Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP, with approximately 1700 lawyers in 17 offices, is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms. The firm offers its clients extensive experience in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Sidley is committed to achieving greater diversity not only within the firm, but also within the legal profession as a whole. For more information about Sidley, please visit www.sidley.com.

LECLAIR RYAN 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

In honor of the late Oliver W. Hill, the law firm of LeClairRyan is pleased to announce the fourth annual LeClairRyan Diversity Scholarship. One award, in the amount of $5,000.00, will be given to a diverse first year law student who most exemplifies the late Oliver W. Hill’s qualities of legal excellence and selfless dedication to the fight for justice.

LeClairRyan had two objectives in creating this award:

  • To educate law students about the crucial role that Oliver W. Hill has played in American history and the truly extraordinary contribution that he has made in the ongoing struggle for equal justice; and
  • To encourage others to continue the type of work to which Oliver W. Hill dedicated his life in the law.

LeClairRyan will select the scholarship recipient based on the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in good standing at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school in any state in which LeClairRyan has an office (please visit www.leclairryan.com/offices for a list of current office locations)
  • One semester of law school completed
  • Law school GPA of at least 3.0
  • Identifies as a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or identifies as LGBT

To apply for the LeClairRyan Diversity Scholarship, student’s must submit a completed application along with a resume, law school transcript, two letters of recommendation from a professor or member of the Bar, and an essay on pursuing social justice through the law (2,000 word maximum) by April 20, 2012 via U.S. mail or e-mail to:
Danielle H. Roberts
Recruiting Manager
LeClairRyan
Riverfront Plaza, East Tower
951 East Byrd Street, Eighth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
droberts@leclairryan.com

For further information or to download an application, please visit http://www.leclairryan.com/aboutus/xprCallOut.aspx?xpST=Diversity.


FOWLER WHITE BOGGS 2012 DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

Fowler White strives to increase diversity in the legal field and offers these scholarship programs to support those individuals with similar goals and interests.

We are proud to be an inaugural member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This groundbreaking organization is a cooperative effort between general counsels and managing partners of major corporations and law firms dedicated to making significant, tangible progress on diversity by developing specific goals, implementing measurable metrics and rewarding definitive results. As a member of the LCLD, we are pleased to offer a 1L Diversity Scholars Fellowship in our Tampa office, which will provide a diverse first-year law student with the opportunity to join our 2012 Summer Associate Program and work with attorneys, paralegals, and other specialists.

Our 2012 Law School Scholarship program is open to law students in their first year who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. We will award one scholarship per year through our law school diversity scholarship program. The successful applicant will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Please view our online application for eligibility requirements and application materials: www.fowlerwhite.com/diversity-scholarship.html.

TONKON TORP LLP DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Tonkon Torp LLP is a leading Portland, OR business and litigation law firm serving public companies, substantial private enterprises, entrepreneurial businesses and individuals. We are committed to the growth of diversity in our firm and in the local community. To that end, we offer a diversity fellowship for first-year law students. For more information go to http://www.tonkon.com/Careers/-1LDiversityFellowship.html.

KING & SPALDING DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program awards up to four fellowships to qualified second-year law students who show promise of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community. Each recipient receives $10,000 and a summer clerkship at King & Spalding’s Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington offices the summer following the completion of his or her second year of law school.

Candidates must meet the academic and hiring criteria of King & Spalding’s summer associate program; receive an offer of summer employment for their second-year summer; be a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or be a member of the LGBT community; and complete an application form and brief personal statement. Fellows will be selected after interviewing with partners and associates at the firm.

King & Spalding launched its diversity fellowship program in the fall of 2006 as part of the firm’s ongoing effort to increase ethnic and cultural diversity in the firm and the legal profession.

Deadline for the 2011 program is September 2. Applications are available on our website at http://www.kslaw.com.


FOLEY & LARDNER 2011 MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

At Foley, we believe a strong and effective diversity program is integral to the firm's continued success. That's why we created our Diversity Scholarship Program in 1998 as a way of advancing diverse law students and promoting a more inclusive legal community.

A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a first-year diverse law student at each of the following schools:

    University of California, Berkeley
    Duke University
    University of Florida
    Georgetown University
    University of Michigan
    Northwestern University
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of Wisconsin

To date, we've awarded nearly $550,000 in scholarships!

Interested? An information sheet and application, including eligibility information, are available online at Foley.com/diversityscholarships. Applications will be accepted starting February 1, 2011 with a firm deadline of February 28, 2011. Scholarship recipients will be announced by April 1, 2011.

Visit us at Foley.com or Foleyrecruiting.com.


STOEL RIVES 2011 LAW STUDENT DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Diversity Matters at Stoel Rives
We are committed to fostering diversity within our firm and our communities. To further this goal, we are proud to offer First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in our Portland and Seattle offices. Recipients will each be awarded a salaried summer associate position after their first year of law school as applicable and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the following academic year.

Selection Criteria

  • Good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school. Students in four-year evening programs should not apply until after their second year of law school.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence and professional accomplishments, commitment to community service and meaningful contribution to the diversity of the legal community.
  • Commitment to living in Portland or Seattle following law school graduation and expressed interest in our practice areas.

Application Materials

  • One-page personal statement addressing the selection criteria and providing any additional relevant information. (No additional cover letter is needed.)
  • Current résumé with three professional references.
  • Undergraduate and law school (if available) transcript(s). Unofficial copies are acceptable.
  • A legal writing sample that has not been edited by others (maximum of 10 pages).

Application Procedure
Please send application to each office where you wish to be considered. (If applying to more than one office, please note this on your personal statement.) Materials must be received by January 19, 2011. Email submissions are preferred.

Portland, Oregon
Rebecca Whittall
Lawyer Recruiting Manager
Stoel Rives LLP
900 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 2600
Portland, OR 97204
portlandfellowship@stoel.com

Seattle, Washington
Carina Li
Lawyer Recruiting Coordinator
Stoel Rives LLP
600 University St., Suite 3600
Seattle, WA 98101
seattlefellowship@stoel.com

To learn more please visit our website at http://www.stoel.com/diversity.pdf.


CARLTON FIELDS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Carlton Fields is dedicated to promoting diversity and fostering an environment of inclusion and respect. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and perspectives enrich the workplace and add value to the legal services we provide to our clients.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are pleased to sponsor the Carlton Fields Diversity Scholarships to qualifying first-year law students. Two scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship recipient will receive a paid position in our summer associate program (Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach, or Orlando offices) and a $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

Applicants should have:

  • Diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or disabilities
  • Good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school
  • Possess record of achievement that demonstrates great promise for a successful legal career
  • Possess a high level of work intensity and aspire to practice law in a highly focused but collegial setting
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement

Eligible Applicants Must Submit the Following Materials

  • Application form (available to download from our website at www.carltonfields.com)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of reference from law professors and/or deans
  • A personal statement describing background and interests the applicant would bring to our summer associate program and why applicant believes he/she is a strong candidate for the scholarship

Application Deadline

  • Application materials must be received by February 5, 2011

DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Davis Wright Tremaine has a successful diversity scholarship program for first-year associates in our Seattle and Portland offices. For more information go to http://www.dwt.com/Careers/SummerAssociates/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram.

MILLER JOHNSON DIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

In support of our commitment to diversity and in celebration of our 50 years as part of the West Michigan community, our firm established the Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship Fund in 2009 with a $50,000 endowment.

We are pleased to work with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in selecting a scholarship recipient each year. Applications follow the GRCF process, are available in January and are generally due each April. Scholarships are announced in June. for more information, please visit our website at www.millerjohnson.com or http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarshipslist.

Our Diversity Scholarship is provided annually to a student of ethnic minority from Michigan who is accepted to or attending any accredited law school in the United States with the intent to earn a law degree. Preference may be given to applicants from West Michigan and other criteria apply.

MORGAN LEWIS DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Morgan Lewis is proud to announce our Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP). The DFP provides stipends that are designed to assist Diversity Fellows with law school-related expenses. Our goals are to promote diversity in the legal profession and to attract future leaders who are committed to the importance of diversity.

Fellowships
The DFP awards salaried summer associate positions and $15,000 stipends to highly qualified second-year students who will promote diversity at the firm and within the legal community. Fellowships will be awarded to summer associate program candidates. The stipends will be paid to fellowship recipients who complete the Summer Associate Program and accept offers of full-time associate employment with the firm. Half of the stipend will be paid when the summer associate accepts the offer of associate employment, and half will be paid upon commencement of associate employment.

Eligibility
The DFP is open to any second-year law student. Eligible applicants will (1) have successfully completed one year of law school, (2) have demonstrated academic excellence, (3) have outstanding leadership skills, (4) have an interest in employment with Morgan Lewis, and (5) have a demonstrated interest in promoting diversity at the firm and within the legal profession.

Process
Interested students should sign up for an on-campus interview for a summer associate position. If Morgan Lewis does not recruit at your law school, please contact a local Morgan Lewis office to apply for a summer associate position. A fellowship application must be submitted along with a resume; law school transcript; and brief, detailed personal statement by September 17, 2010.

Applications will be reviewed by the Firm Hiring Partner, the Firm Director of Diversity, and the Co-Chairs of the Diversity Committee. After review of all applications and summer associate program interviews have been completed, candidates will be selected. In most cases, fellowship offers will be made at or about the time of the summer associate position offer. Fellowship offers must be accepted or declined within four weeks of receipt.

Download the application here: http://www.morganlewis.com/documents/careers/2010DiversityFellowshipApplication.pdf

Reply to diversityfellowship@morganlewis.com

MILBANK DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Each year Milbank selects law students who will receive a salaried summer associate position and a $50,000 scholarship. ($25,000 is distributed during each student’s third year of law school; payment of the additional $25,000 is contingent upon receipt and acceptance of a Milbank permanent offer, and commencement of full-time employment with Milbank).

Our summer program is extremely comprehensive and personal. Summer associates rotate through the Firm’s practice areas during a ten-week period. The program is managed by the Recruiting Committee, along with a team from each practice group, to ensure that each summer associate receives a broad and challenging experience. Numerous seminars and social events round out the experience of the summer associates.

Factors considered in the selection of Milbank Diversity Scholars include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a sincere interest in our practice.

Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in large law firms are encouraged to apply. To be named a Milbank Diversity Scholar, candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program.

Interested candidates must submit an application form, essay, official law school transcript and resume to Allison Z. Levitt, Manager of Law School Recruiting, by September 1st.

For more information about Milbank’s diversity initiative, please visit us on our web site at http://www.milbank.com/en/Diversity/.


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