The New York City Bar Association presented Kaye Scholer with an award recognizing the firm’s more than 20-year participation in the Diversity Fellowship Program at its Diversity Fellowship 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 28. Litigation partner Sheila Boston accepted the award on Kaye Scholer’s behalf.
As an original signatory of the NYCBA’s Statement of Diversity Principles, Kaye Scholer has been actively involved in the Diversity Fellowship Program, which provides opportunities and inspires the success of diverse and under-represented groups in the law. The program is one of the crown jewels of the City Bar’s diversity initiatives and is administered by the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, a committee Boston chaired for three years and has been a member of for about 15 years. To date, the program has propelled the careers of more than 800 fellows.
Along with Kaye Scholer, corporations such as Morgan Stanley, NY Life Insurance Company, MetLife and Prudential Financial figured prominently at the event and received awards for their respective participations in the program.
Several of Kaye Scholer’s past diversity fellows were also in attendance at the anniversary event: Tamara Stephen (Brooklyn Law School Career Services Counselor), Toby Lewis (Counsel at QBE Americas, Inc.), Kate Gracia (KS Associate in Finance Department) and this year’s fellow, Ciara Grubbs (Summer Associate from NYU Law School). Many of Kaye Scholer’s past fellows have gone on to excel in the law, including three fellows who now serve as general counsels of their respective institutions: Gail Sharps (1997), GC of Snyder’s-Lance; Emerson Moore (1999), GC of TMP Worldwide Advertising; and Suzanne Miles (2002) GC of NYS Office of Children & Family Services. Other past Kaye Scholer diversity fellows currently serve as in-house counsel, associates at law firms or attorneys in government law departments.
Established in 1991 the City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program addresses the under-representation of diverse lawyers in law firms and corporate law departments by assisting them in identifying qualified diverse and historically under-represented law school candidates. Thus, the Fellowship Program offers diverse first-year students from New York City law schools a unique summer employment opportunity in outstanding law firms, corporate law departments and government agency law departments.
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