Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Joins Forces with University of California Hastings College of the Law and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to Promote Diversity in the Legal Profession


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 17, 2008) – Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased to announce that it has formed a one-of-a-kind partnership with the University of California, Hastings College of Law (UC Hastings) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) to encourage and prepare students for law school. This alliance aims to promote the development of diversity in the legal community.

Morrison & Foerster will award up to three $15,000 scholarships annually to first-year UC Hastings students as part of the Congressional Internship Program sponsored by CBCF, a non-profit organization. In addition, the firm will offer a salaried first-year summer associate position each year for up to three CBCF interns who are enrolled at UC Hastings. 

“We are pleased to join forces with UC Hastings and CBCF in this unique opportunity to encourage more diverse students to pursue a career in law,” said Keith Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. “An increase in the pipeline of diverse talent is essential to the continued diversification of law firms and benefits the profession as a whole.”

“UC Hastings is thrilled to have Morrison & Foerster join us in this partnership with CBCF,” said Nell Newton, chancellor and dean of UC Hastings. “This alliance reflects our long-standing commitment to excellence and diversity, and is especially critical as the costs of a top legal education continue to rise.”

“Our partnership with UC Hastings and Morrison & Foerster adds a great benefit to our internship program,” said Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer for CBCF. “Our alums who are aspiring attorneys will be able to get their foot in the door at a major, reputable law school and law firm.”

CBCF’s nine-week internship program for diverse undergraduates, based in Washington, D.C., provides young leaders with the opportunity to learn about congressional procedures, participate in public policy forums, and network with other college students and Congressional Black Caucus members. During the program, UC Hastings will work with CBCF to prepare participants for the law school application process and, in addition to Morrison & Foerster’s scholarship fund, will offer renewable scholarships each year to any internship program graduate who is accepted and enrolled at the law school. 

The historic connection between Morrison & Foerster and UC Hastings dates back to the very beginning of both institutions.  In 1881, Morrison & Foerster’s founding partner, Alexander Morrison, was a member of the first graduating class of UC Hastings, California’s first law school. More than 125 years later, both institutions continue to share a commitment to recruiting the best and brightest of diverse young leaders.

This scholarship program symbolizes Morrison & Foerster’s dedication to its diversity mission. The firm has long been recognized for its advancement of minorities in the legal profession. Recent honors include a “Top 10” rating on diversity from career information website; recognition by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for sustained commitment to hiring, retaining, and promoting underrepresented attorneys; a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign, which listed the firm as one of the “Best Places to Work”; and acknowledgement in publications such as Minority Law Journal and MultiCultural Law for workplace diversity.

About Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.:

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. was established in 1976 as a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy, research, and educational institute. Its mission is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. CBCF fulfills its mission by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information to address critical issues affecting our communities; developing strategic research and historical resources for the public; providing leadership development and scholarship opportunities; and developing effective programs and research to address social, economic, and health disparities. For more information about CBCF, visit

About UC Hastings College of Law:

Established in 1878 as the law department of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law was the first law school west of the Rockies.  UC Hastings has educated prominent leaders in the judiciary and the bar, in government and business, in education, and in the entertainment industry.  The school’s faculty consistently ranks in the top tier of the nation’s law schools, and shares an institutional commitment to helping students become superlative lawyers.  Located in San Francisco’s civic center, all levels of the local, state, and federal courts (other than the U.S. Supreme Court) are within blocks of UC Hastings, offering students the opportunity to experience the law in the very forums where it is practiced and determined, and providing a level of relevancy to their education that is unparalleled in most law schools.




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