Boston, MA, April 9, 2012 – Fish & Richardson today announced its 2012 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients – Andrew Huah, Karan Jhurani, Lealon Martin, and Dafan Zhang – who were selected from over 250 candidates. Each Diversity Fellow will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship, a paid 2012 summer associate position in the office of their choice, and a unique opportunity to be mentored by members of the firm throughout their law school education. Fish launched its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program in 2005 to help attract and recruit diverse first year law school students from across the U.S.
Fish’s 2012 Diversity Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in the 1L Scholars Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization of law firm managing partners and corporate chief legal officers formed in 2009 to advance diversity in the legal profession.
“We are thrilled with the success of our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. Seven years since its inception, the program continues to help us to recruit some of the top law students in the country to our firm and to provide them with professional growth opportunities at an early stage in their legal careers,” said Ahmed J. Davis, a principal in Fish’s Washington, D.C., office and National Chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative. “Diversity is integral to who we are as a firm and is increasingly demanded of us by our clients – and rightly so. Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is thus critical to our ongoing initiative to advance diversity, both within our firm and the legal profession as a whole.”
Andrew Huah, who is a student at the University of California, Davis School of Law (2014), has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Huah will work in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
Karan Jhurani, who is a student at Emory University School of Law (2014), has a B.S. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Jhurani will work in the firm’s Atlanta office.
Lealon Martin, who is a student at the University of Texas School of Law, Austin (2014), has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tuskegee University. Dr. Martin will work in the firm’s Austin office.
Dafan Zhang, who is a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2014), has an M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government, and a B.S. in computer science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Zhang will work in the firm’s Delaware office.
Two Fish 2011 1L Diversity Fellows will also be returning for a second summer. These include:
Shamoor Anis, who has a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in policy studies from Rice University, is a student at Duke University School of Law (2013). Mr. Anis will work in the firm’s Houston office.
Kevin Kantharia, who has a B.S. in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic University, is a student at the University of San Diego School of Law (2013). Mr. Kantharia will work in the firm’s Southern California office.