Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Announces Recipients of 2008 Diversity Fellowship Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is honored to announce the 16 recipients of its 2008 Diversity Fellowship Program. Our Diversity Fellows, selected after an application process from among diverse second year law students holding offers to join our Summer Associate Program, are each awarded a $15,000 stipend.

The 2008 Kirkland Diversity Fellowship Program recipients are:

Tanya L. Jackson, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Anden Chow, Columbia Law School

Jack J. Chen, Cornell University Law School

Prashina J. Gagoomal, Georgetown University Law Center

Sibongile D. Mack-Williams, Georgetown University Law Center

Gaurav Krishan, Harvard Law School

Chanda A. Rice, Howard University School of Law

Shannon Stokes, Howard University School of Law

Chinemerem N. Ozor, University of Michigan Law School

Jacqueline M. James, Northwestern University School of Law

Sanjay M. Nangia, Northwestern University School of Law

Justin Singh, University of Southern California Law School

Brandon Vongsawad, Stanford Law School

Tevenia V. Jacobs, University of Virginia School of Law

Edith M. Bowman, Yale Law School

Nathaniel Smith, Yale Law School

"It is our pleasure to welcome this year's recipients to the Kirkland community," said Walter H. Lohmann, Jr., co-chair of the Firm's Diversity Committee and a partner in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. "Kirkland's lawyers and its clients look forward to the opportunity to work with this accomplished group of Fellows."

Kirkland & Ellis established the Diversity Fellowship Program in 2004 with the goal of attracting more minority attorneys to the Firm and, more broadly, the practice of law. Since its inception, Kirkland has awarded 53 fellowship grants totaling $795,000.

"The Fellowship Program is just one of the many on-going diversity initiatives Kirkland & Ellis supports," said Eunu Chun, co-chair of the Firm's Diversity Committee and a partner in Kirkland's New York office. "Our Diversity Committee strives to better understand the unique issues facing specific communities within the Firm and enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys by making sure they have the essential mentoring, networking and business development opportunities they need to succeed."

The Firm's 50-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 the Diversity Fellowship, to diversity-related programming and training, to pipeline programs for minority undergraduates, to pro bono efforts that benefit under-served, diversity-related organizations.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,400-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex intellectual property and technology, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate, restructuring and tax matters. The Firm has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Munich, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.