Kirkland & Ellis LLP is proud to announce the nine recipients of its 2005 Minority Fellowship Program. The Kirkland & Ellis LLP Minority Fellowship includes a $15,000 stipend and a salaried summer associate position in one of the Firm’s five domestic offices. Students designated as finalists, who ultimately did not receive a fellowship, were eligible to receive offers to join the Kirkland summer program.
In the first year that the Fellowship has been offered, more than 115 law students from 11 top law schools around the country applied. The recipients are:
Andres Sawicki, University of Chicago Law School
Omar A. Khan, Columbia Law School
Crystal R. Brown, Georgetown University Law Center
Philander Huynh, Harvard Law School
Raina A. Jones, Howard University School of Law
Naima Jean Baker, New York University School of Law
Marisa Berenbaum, Northwestern University School of Law
Malachi McKinney, Stanford Law School
Mark S. Cho, Yale Law School
Since 1997, Kirkland has awarded minority scholarships to students at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University School of Law, providing $304,000 in minority awards. In 2004, Kirkland’s Chicago and Northwestern scholarships were converted to fellowships.
“So many extremely intelligent and accomplished students applied,” said Michael D. Jones, co-chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee and a partner in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. “We are proud to offer the Fellowships to these nine outstanding law students.”
The goal of the Kirkland Minority Fellowship Program, created by the Firm’s Diversity Committee, is to facilitate an increase of minority lawyers within the Firm, and more broadly, the practice of law.
“The Fellowship Program is just one of our many initiatives for minority law students,” said Paul Garcia, co-chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee and a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. “We hope to continue bringing people with the most diverse backgrounds and brightest minds in the legal business to Kirkland.”
The Firm’s 29-member Diversity Committee focuses on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of attorneys in a manner that promotes diversity at all levels within the Firm. The Committee supports initiatives ranging from minority fellowships to sponsorships of diversity events and organizations. For example, in 2004, the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation contributed more than $580,000 to the sponsorship of non-profit organizations, foundations, and other diversity initiatives.
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