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New York City Bar Announces Winners of 2008-2009 Thurgood Marshall Fellowships



New York -- The New York City Bar Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Thurgood Marshall Fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship Program provides two exceptional minority students from New York area law schools the opportunity to work with the Association to advance the goals of civil rights and equal justice, hallmarks of Justice Marshall's legacy. Fellowships have been awarded to Crystal Lopez of Columbia Law School and Cherice Vanderhall of Touro Law Center.

Ms. Lopez will assist the Association’s Civil Rights Committee and Ms. Vanderhall will work with the City Bar Justice Center.

The fellowships are funded by the Orison S. Marden Lecture Fund and are open to second and third year minority law students from New York area law schools. Fellows were nominated by their schools and selected by the Association's Committee on the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship Program, chaired by Ira M. Feinberg.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.



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