Four Hofstra Law students have been selected to participate in the New York City Bar’s 2019 Diversity Fellowship Program.
First-year students (left to right in photo) Jacob Manzoor, Dawn Sudama, Faith Pappalardo and D’Andre Chapman will have the opportunity to spend their summer working at one of the participating law firms and corporate law departments.
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.
Hundreds of 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 at one of the outstanding participating law firms and corporate law departments. Hofstra Law has had 82 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
Summer Placement: TIAA
“Humbled, proud, excited and even a bit thunderstruck are all the things I felt when I learned I would receive an opportunity of this magnitude. The New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship program offers students the opportunity to work for some of the biggest firms and companies in the world. The program genuinely understands that the law would do itself a great disservice if it did not allow many different voices from many different backgrounds to be heard. Thank you to the former fellows for their encouragement and assistance during an already strenuous law school semester. Thank you to the Office of Career Services staff for their daily nurturing and their dedicated career services. Thank you to my mom, my strength and compass on every journey. I am sure I will develop invaluable skills working for an extraordinary company such as TIAA. However, this opportunity is not about me, it is about showing black boys with single moms like me across the world that you can still do anything, and I hope it shows just that.”
Summer Placement: New York Life
“The New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship is an opportunity that not many 1Ls get the chance to partake in, and I am humbled to be able to join New York Life as a summer associate. I know that the summer will bring challenging and exciting opportunities, and I am delighted to have the chance to work alongside the talented legal team at New York Life. I am especially grateful for all of the help and support I have received from the prior fellows and the Office of Career Services. I look forward to starting my position and gaining invaluable experience that will help me build my skills as a professional in the legal field. I also look forward to the day when I can give back and help prepare the next set of candidates to become New York City Bar Diversity Fellows.”
Summer Placement: MetLife
“I am extremely grateful to have been selected for the New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship. The Office of Career Services and prior fellows worked closely with me to ensure I was more than prepared for every step of the process. I am excited to start work this summer at MetLife in their internal legal department, which will give me exposure to a variety of legal practice areas. I look forward to sharing my summer experience with Hofstra Law students this upcoming fall.”
Summer Placement: Morgan Stanley
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be chosen to participate in the 2019 New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program. Words cannot explain the gratitude I have for the constant help and support of the Office of Career Services, my professors, and of the former fellows throughout the long process. I look forward not only to my experience at Morgan Stanley, but also to pay forward the help and support given to me for Hofstra candidates in the years to come.”