As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to sponsor the Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program. Since 2004, Kirkland has sponsored 130 Diversity Fellows with grants totaling more than $2.1 million. In 2014, each Diversity Fellowship recipient received a $25,000* stipend. Fellowship applicants submit a personal statement that details how their employment by the Firm would enhance the Firm's diversity mission. Applicants must also apply to and receive an offer to join the summer program at one of the Firm's offices. The Firm awarded Diversity Fellowships to 10 law students in 2014.
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"I remember the exact moment as a summer associate when I knew Kirkland was the right place for me. In addition to amazing work and an incredible array of opportunities, the Firm provides an environment where you are welcomed and accepted for being yourself. I continue to be happy at Kirkland because I am comfortable in my own skin and I know that my comfort is what allows me to advance as an attorney."
Ashley James, Washington, D.C., litigation and employment & labor associate and 2009 Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow
"As a Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow and an associate in both the New York and Shanghai offices, I have experienced the Firm's commitment to diversity firsthand. Having been at Kirkland for several years now, I am happy to say I've made the right choice. Not only does Kirkland support racial/ethnic, gender and LGBT diversity, but the Firm also encourages and rewards a culture of diverse personalities and backgrounds."
Cheryl Yuan, Shanghai corporate associate and 2007 Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow
We are honored to present our 2014 Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship recipients:
East Berhane, New York University School of Law
David Bethea, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Christine Chan, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Nishi Kumar, New York University School of Law
Erin Leach, University of Chicago Law School
Jaimie McFarlin, Harvard Law School
Anand Mehta, University of Michigan Law School
Andrew Ohlert, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Alyssa Richardson, Harvard Law School
Joe Tobias, Stanford Law School
*$25,000 less all required income and payroll taxes.