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Morrison & Foerster Awards Eight 1L Diversity Fellowships

2015 fellows represent the most diverse class of promising law students in the program’s four-year history, which for the first time includes LGBT law students

13 May 2015

NEW YORK (May 13, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster announced today that eight first-year law students from some of the top law schools in the United States will join the firm as part of Morrison & Foerster’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. The fellows will receive paid summer associate positions in four of Morrison & Foerster’s U.S. offices. The eight fellows were selected from 260 applications received from law schools throughout the United States.

“Morrison & Foerster’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is an integral part of our firm’s overall strategy to recruit, retain, and promote talented diverse lawyers,” said Obrea Poindexter, a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and, along with New York partner Karen Hagberg, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Diversity Strategy Committee. “This talented group of students represents the most diverse class of fellows in the program’s four-year history.”

Women represent 50 percent of the students selected for the 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. Hispanic/Latino(a) law students and LGBT law students each represent 38 percent of the class. Black law students make up 25 percent of the class, and 13 percent of the class is a member of two or more races.

Recipients of Morrison & Foerster’s 2015 1L diversity fellowships include:

Los Angeles

  • Megan Dowty, USC Gould School of Law

New York

  • Sarah Higgins, New York University School of Law

Palo Alto

  • Alex Rosenberg, Stanford Law School

San Francisco

  • Ricardo Leyva, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Albert Parisi-Esteves, University of Chicago Law School
  • Ingrid Rodriguez, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Ryan Romain, Harvard Law School
  • Hywote Taye, Harvard Law School

2015 marks the fourth year that Morrison & Foerster is recognizing and supporting the career development of promising law students of color, and it is the first year that the program has included LGBT law students.

Assuming satisfactory progress during the 1L summer internship, fellows have the option to return as second-year summer associates.

Nine students who were 1L diversity fellows in 2014 have returned to the firm as second-year summer associates. They include:

New York

  • Wariz Anifoshwe, Columbia Law School
  • Kyle Canchola, Stanford Law School
  • Fernando Martinez, New York University School of Law

Palo Alto

  • Errol Norman, Stanford Law School

San Diego

  • Shandy Pinkowski, Cornell Law School

San Francisco

  • Chris Deetz, Stanford Law School
  • Luis Hoyos, Columbia Law School
  • Tierra Moore, UC Berkeley School of Law

Washington, D.C.

  • Sergio Broholm, Stanford Law School

“We’re thrilled that these talented students are returning to Morrison & Foerster as second-year summer associates,” said Hagberg. “Each made valuable contributions as 1L diversity fellows in 2014, and two received awards for research projects completed during their time as fellows.”

This year’s fellows were welcomed to the firm at Morrison & Foerster’s Diversity Fellowship Kick-Off Event April 24th in New York. The day-long orientation provided the fellows with skills-based training and guidance concerning legal writing, firm etiquette, networking, and mentorship, and the opportunity to meet with the firm’s attorneys, including firm chair Larren Nashelsky.

Morrison & Foerster has long been a leader in promoting diversity within the legal profession. Since 2005, The American Lawyer has recognized Morrison & Foerster among the top 10 firms for overall diversity. Vault’s most recent guide ranks Morrison & Foerster as one of the top 10 firms for LGBT lawyers and one of the top 20 for racial and ethnic diversity.

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