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Diversity Bar Fellowship Program

Diversity Fellowship Program which provides first-year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s leading law firms and corporate/government law departments. 

 

City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program

The New York City Bar Association Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers has been the proud sponsor of the City Bar's Diversity Fellowship Program since 1991. Since then, more than 600 diverse and talented first year law students from eleven New York City area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity to jump start their careers in the law by spending their 1L summer in a law firm or corporate/ government legal department. Program alumni have achieved success at all levels of the professions including as law firm partners, general counsels, assistant district attorneys,  assistant attorney generals, entrepreneurs, and executive directors. Countless program alumni have begun their careers with their Fellowship employers. 

The selection criteria for Program Fellows are demanding. As a result, we identify students who have proven themselves, even as 1L's, capable of flourishing in the challenging settings that are today's government offices, law firms and corporations. After completing a legal writing requirement, preparing a personal statement and being interviewed by a faculty-dominated screening committee at their respective schools, the candidates selected by their schools are then interviewed again by a panel of attorneys and other school representatives under the aegis of the Committee. Like the preliminary process at their schools, this interviewing panel also reviews the candidate's undergraduate and law school transcripts, resume, personal statement and legal writing sample. Only those who pass this final hurtle are assigned to a participating employer.

We invite any legal employer who is interested in learning more about the Program, to contact the Chair of the Committee, Andre Warner at Andre_Warner@newyorklife.com

 

2015 Participating Employers

Employer Commitment Form [ Fellowship Employer Form ]

 

 

What Fellowship Employers Say:
“The City Bar Fellowship Program is a terrific resource for firms committed to enhancing their diversity recruitment efforts.”
— Marco V. Masotti, Partner, Chair of Diversity Committee
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

“The City Bar Minority Fellowship Program, which Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has participated in for many years, opens the door for students and law firms alike. The program has not only helped Kelley Drye’s firm-wide diversity initiatives, but has provided us with talented law students who have grown into extremely successful, dedicated attorneys. The City Bar does an exceptional job matching students with firms, and we look forward to our continued participation in the program.”
— Gregory M. McKenzie, Hiring Partner
     Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

“For the past decade Kaye Scholer has had the good fortune to participate in the City Bar’s Minority Fellowship Program. For Kaye Scholer this program has been a great success. Diversity is important to our Firm, and the Fellowship Program – along with a number of other diversity initiatives – has given us the opportunity to become a far more diverse environment than we were a decade ago. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and partnership with the City Bar in this endeavor. We very much look forward to continuing our support and participation in this program.”
— Barry Willner, Managing Partner
     Kaye Scholer LLP

“The Fellowship Program opens the door, but the excellence and efforts of its students is what keeps them on the path of success.”
— Jack P. Jackson, Partner
    Proskauer Rose LLP


 

2015 FELLOWS

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL
Valerie Etienne Geffard – Dechert LLP
He (Felix) Jiang – Bank of New York Mellon
Daniel Vizcarrondo – New York County District Attorney

CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW
Courtney Bradford – New York Life Insurance Company
Nakisha Duncan – Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Ruma Mazumdar – Davis & Gilbert LLP
Edgar Mendoza – Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SCHOOL OF LAW
Radiyah Abdus-Shakur – Deutsche Bank AG, New York
Liliana Canela Magarin – Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach LLP

COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL
Jing Bai – Verizon
Jennifer Zhou – Bryan Cave LLP

FORDHAM  LAW SCHOOL
Jiyeon Barta – Viacom
John Loubriel  – Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Kajon Pompey  – Morgan Stanley
Joge Sotto – Prudential

HOFSTRA LAW SCHOOL
Melanie Campbell – TIAA-CREF
Emmanuel Charles – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Keith Dominguez – Bank of New York Mellon
Maurica John – Kaye Scholer LLP

NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL
Shabana Baksh – Haynes & Boone LLP
Tavonia Davis – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Gabriella Fortun – Prudential
Max Isaacs – Proskauer Rose LLP
Joan Kim – Jones Day
Michael Murray – Nixon Peabody LLP
Yilu Zhang – Perkins Coie LLP

PACE UNIVERSITY OF SCHOOL OF LAW
Camila Acchiardo Vallejo – Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Angelica Cancel – New York County District Attorney

ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Daniel Chen – Linklaters LLP
Adam Lau – TIAA-CREF
Corey Trail – New York City Law Department

TOURO LAW CENTER
Ingrid Tatiana Medina – New York Life Insurance Company
Alexis Bullard – Bank of New York Mellon
Jennifer Flores – MetLife