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James R. Silkenat

James R. Silkenat supports diversity through his role as a corporate partner at Arent Fox LLP, as Chair of the American Bar Association's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fundraising Committee, and as an active participant in the legal community. He is a tireless advocate concerning the need for and the importance of diversity in the legal profession within his firm and through his bar association involvement. Mr. Silkenat's efforts are all commendable, but his role in the creation, funding, and operation of the American Bar Association's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which is intended to make sure that the legal profession mirrors the public it serves, truly demonstrates his dedication to making the legal profession more diverse. To date, the Scholarship Fund has arranged three-year law scholarships for more than 180 minority students, who can point to Mr. Silkenat's ability to "single handedly pull resources together" for the success of the program. Without prompting, and on his own initiative, Mr. Silkenat has personally raised more than $1,200,000 in additional funding.