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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


2015 Participating Employers

Employer Commitment Form [ Fellowship Employer Form ]


2015 Diversity Bar Fellowship Luncheon



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

2014 Fellows
Jenny Alcaide, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Matias Manzano, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Shakira Wallace, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Diana Yu, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Katherine Arango, Brooklyn Law School
Jane Chung, Brooklyn Law School
Maria de Dios, Brooklyn Law School
Myra Din, Brooklyn Law School
Joshua S. Wan, Columbia Law School
Deangeor Chin, Columbia Law School
Alan Dockeray, Jr., Columbia Law School
Giselle Alvarado, Fordham Law School
Laura Mujenda, Fordham Law School
Carine Artigas, Hofstra Law School
Emmanuel Bello, Hofstra Law School
Jenny Yi, Hofstra Law School
Joseph Chung, New York Law School
Gilmar Colonia, New York Law School
Togtokhbayar Ganzorig, New York Law School
Sophia Bertran, New York University School of Law
Elizabeth Mohamad, New York University School of Law
Lara Sofia Romero, New York University School of Law
Sarahi Uribe, New York University School of Law
Paul White, New York University School of Law
Rana Abihabib, Pace Law School
Lorena Lucero, Pace Law School
Janelle Aaron, St. John's University School of Law
Stephanie Cipolla, St. John's University School of Law
Lawson Huynh, St. John's University School of Law
Julia Capie, Touro Law Center
Mickelle Damassia, Touro Law Center
Bridgette Nunez-Zapata, Touro Law Center