As part of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's ongoing commitment to diversity, the Firm is pleased to announce that the stipend awarded to recipients of the Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship will increase to $25,000 with the 2013 program.
Kirkland & Ellis established the Diversity Fellowship Program in 2004 with the goal of attracting more diverse attorneys to the Firm and, more broadly, to the practice of law. The fellowships are open to second-year students at ABA-accredited law schools around the country and to joint-degree students entering their final year. Since the program's inception, the Firm has awarded 111 fellowship grants of $15,000, totaling more than $1.6 million. Kirkland awarded fellowships to 14 students in 2012. Beginning in 2013, the stipend will increase to $25,000, payable at the end of the summer after the recipient's second year of law school.
"The Firm has shown tremendous support of the Diversity Fellowship Program since the beginning and the increase in the fellowship stipend is further evidence of Kirkland's commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse attorneys," said Eunu Chun, co-chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee and corporate partner in Kirkland's New York office.
Candidates for the 2013 Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship must apply online by August 27, 2012. The Firm asks fellowship applicants to submit a one-page personal statement discussing the contributions he or she has made to promote diversity in the legal community as well as his or her interest in Kirkland. In order to receive the fellowship stipend, a candidate must participate in Kirkland's summer associate program in one of the Firm's domestic offices.
"I remember the exact moment as a summer associate when I knew Kirkland was the right place for me," said Ashley James, a 2009 Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellow and a litigation and employment & labor associate in the Firm's Washington, D.C., office. "In addition to amazing work and an incredible array of opportunities, Kirkland provides an environment where you are welcomed and accepted for being yourself."
"We are always excited to welcome our fellowship recipients to Kirkland each summer," said Walt Lohmann, co-chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee and environmental partner in the Firm's Washington, D.C., office. "We look forward to evaluating this year's fellowship applications."
The Diversity Fellowship Program is just one of the many ongoing diversity initiatives overseen by Kirkland's Firmwide Diversity Committee, consisting of a dedicated and active group of 50 partners and associates. The committee supports initiatives ranging from diversity-related programming and training, to Kirkland's "ALLSA" initiative pairing Firm attorneys with diverse law student groups, to pipeline programs for undergraduates and high school students, to pro bono efforts that benefit underserved, diversity-related organizations.
The Firm has received many accolades for its diversity efforts. In 2011 and 2012, Kirkland earned the highest score in the country among firms with more than 1,000 attorneys on The American Lawyer'sDiversity Scorecard survey. Yale Law Women selected the Firm as one of the Top 10 Family Friendly Firms in 2008, 2010 and 2011. And for five years in a row, Kirkland has received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index survey and a designation as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality."
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