Lawyers of Color

Lawyers of Color


Association Committees

Minorities in the Profession

Rakhi Bahadkar, Chair

Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers

SAndré Warner, Chair

Minorities in the Courts

Natacha Carbajal



City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program

The New York City Bar Association Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers (the "Committee") has been the proud sponsor of the City Bar's Diversity Fellowship Program (the "Program") since 1991.

Since then, more than 300 diverse and talented first year law students from eleven New York City area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity:  to spend their 1L summer in a law firm, or corporate or government legal department to better prepare them for careers in the law.  Our goal is to provide first year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s most exciting legal environments.

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, and how they can join it, to be in touch with the current Chair of the Committee, Steven P. Seltzer at  Mr. Seltzer would also be pleased to send you a fuller description of the Program and its criteria.   We encourage all who would like to bring greater diversity and opportunity to the profession to join us.  Your participation in this effort will insure that some of the most creative, ambitious  and qualified law students in the New York area will be more able to compete and succeed in the legal job market.

         Participating Law Schools:

            Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
            Brooklyn Law School
            Columbia University School of Law
            CUNY School of Law at Queens College
            Fordham University School of Law
            Hofstra University School of Law
            New York Law School
            New York University School of Law
            Pace University School of Law
            St. John's University School of Law
            Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School