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Fish Announces 2011 Diversity Fellows

April 13, 2011

Press Releases

Fish Announces 2011 Diversity Fellows

April 13, 2011

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Boston, MA, April 13, 2011 – Fish & Richardson announced today its 2011 1L Diversity Fellows – Flora Amwayi, Shamoor Anis, Carlos Espinoza, and Kevin Kantharia – who were selected from over 300 candidates.  Each Diversity Fellow will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship, mentoring by an attorney at the firm, and a paid 2011 summer associate position in the office of their choice.  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.

“Our goal is to attract top diverse attorney candidates from around the country at an early stage in their legal careers and provide positive experiences and career-building opportunities that will directly benefit the student, the firm, and the legal profession in general,” said Nancy L. Stagg, a principal at Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office and Chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative.  “This is our sixth year with our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program and we are thrilled with the response we have received.  The program has been a resounding success in helping us attract the best of the best candidates to our firm.”

Flora Amwayi, who is a student at Harvard Law School (2013), has a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Ms. Amwayi will work in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Shamoor Anis, who is a student at the Duke University School of Law (2013), has a B.S. in electrical engineering, and a B.A. in policy studies from Rice University.  Mr. Anis will work in the firm’s Dallas office.

Carlos Espinoza, who is a student at Columbia Law School (2013), has an M.S. and B.S. in computer science from the University of Southern California.  Mr. Espinoza will work in the firm’s Southern California office.

Kevin Kantharia, who is a student at the University of San Diego School of Law (2013), has a B.S. in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic University.  Mr. Kantharia will work in the firm’s Southern California office.

Three Fish 2010 1L Diversity Fellows will also be returning to the firm for a second summer.  These include:

Ricardo Bonilla, who has a B.S. in software engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a student at Texas Tech University School of Law (2012), will work in the firm’s Dallas office.

Dr. Xiaoguang “Michelle” Gao, who has a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Northwestern University, a B.S. in biology from Beijing Normal University, and is a student at the University of Illinois College of Law (2012), will work in the firm’s Boston office.

Dr. Robert Yeh, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, an A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University, and is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (2012), will work in the firm’s Southern California office.

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