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4 Hofstra Law Students Receive 2015 NYC Bar Diversity Fellowships

Four Hofstra Law students have been selected to participate in the New York City Bar’s 2015 Diversity Fellowship Program.

First-year students Melanie Campbell, Emmanuel Charles, Keith Dominguez and Maurica John will have the opportunity to spend their summer working at a participating law firm or corporate/government legal department.

“The Law School is very proud of the students selected for this prestigious program,” said Dean Eric Lane. “I am confident each will do a great job and represent Hofstra Law well.”

The selection criteria for the fellowship were demanding. After completing a legal writing requirement, preparing a personal statement and being interviewed by a Hofstra Law screening committee, the students were then interviewed by a panel of attorneys and other school representatives, who reviewed the candidates’ undergraduate and law school transcripts, resumes, personal statements and legal writing samples. The students were able to clear all of these hurdles and receive an assignment from one of the participating employers.

Founded in 1991, the Diversity Fellowship Program provides first-year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s leading law firms and corporate/government law departments.

More than 600 diverse and talented first-year law students from 11 New York City-area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity to jump-start their careers in the law by spending their 1L summer in a law firm or corporate/government legal department. Hofstra Law has had 67 Diversity Fellows since the program’s inception.

Program alumni have achieved success at all levels of the professions, including as law firm partners, general counsels, assistant district attorneys, assistant attorneys general, entrepreneurs and executive directors.

About the Fellows

Melanie Campbell

Hometown: Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Summer Placement: MetLife

“I am truly excited to have been selected as a 2015 NYC Bar Diversity fellow. This fellowship affords me the opportunity to gain invaluable legal work experience in one of New York’s leading corporate law departments this summer. With this fellowship, the NYC Bar and the participating firms and legal departments demonstrate their unwavering commitment to making the legal field more inclusive of underrepresented populations. I am honored to have the chance to help further this mission while sharing my Hofstra Law pride.”

Emmanuel Charles

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Summer Placement: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

“The NYC Bar diversity fellowship has given me the extraordinary opportunity to spend this summer at a leading legal institution. I have a strong interest in M&A work, including regulatory and antitrust issues, but I am also excited about some of the pro bono opportunities this summer position will bring. I’m eager not only to enhance my legal skills through this program, but, hopefully, to inspire and empower folks in my community as well.”

Keith Dominguez

Hometown: Franklin Square, N.Y.
Summer Placement: Bank of New York Mellon

“This fellowship was an opportunity to get an internship that I most likely would not have been able to obtain on my own. I am very excited to be working in the city for a large, well-known and respected organization and learn how the law affects their transactions. I want to thank the Office of Career Services and the prior fellows, who were all incredibly helpful throughout this whole process. I could not have done this without their tremendous efforts.”

Maurica John

Hometown: South Hempstead, N.Y.
Summer Placement: Kaye Scholer LLP

“This fellowship provides me with an opportunity to gain firsthand practical knowledge of the life of a corporate attorney. I am also able to strengthen my analytical thinking and legal research skills while working with some of the best attorneys in the nation. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to represent the Hofstra Law community and strengthen the positive relationships Hofstra has within the New York corporate legal community. I am tremendously honored to be a part of this program.”

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