Fish & Richardson today announced the firm’s 1L Diversity Fellows for 2015 – Alison Liou, R. Francisco Lozano, Ariane Moss, Alexander Pechette and Hao Wu – who were selected from over 390 applicants. Fish’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program was launched in 2005 as a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance a diverse group of attorneys. The program annually provides fellowships to diverse first-year law students from across the U.S.
Each Diversity Fellow will receive a unique opportunity to be mentored by members of the firm throughout their law school education, a paid 2015 summer associate position in one of Fish’s domestic offices, and a $10,000 academic scholarship. Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship, and offer an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after the completion of a 2L summer clerkship at Fish.
In addition, Fish’s 2015 Diversity Fellows will participate in the 1L Scholars Program of the Leadership Council of Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD is a national organization made up of more than 220 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners working to build a more open and diverse legal profession. The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students.
“We work in a business environment that is increasingly diverse, and we see that in our client representatives, jury pools, and in the courts. Developing a diverse group of attorneys at Fish is critical to providing first-rate legal representation to our clients. Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. By investing in these talented individuals early in their legal careers, we can provide maximum opportunities for them to grow professionally and personally, and set them on a path for success,” said Ahmed Davis, national chair of Fish’s Diversity Initiative and a principal in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Alison Liou, a student at Columbia Law School (2017), has a Bachelor of Arts degree in organismic and evolutionary biology. Liou will work in the firm’s New York office.
R. Francisco Lozano, a student at Santa Clara University School of Law (2017), has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. Lozano will work in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
Ariane Moss, a student at Harvard Law School (2017), has a Master of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations. Moss will work in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Alexander Pechette, a student at the University of Chicago Law School (2017), has a Master of Science in engineering degree and a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree in mechanical engineering. Pechette will work in the firm’s Boston office.
Hao Wu, a student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2017), has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Wu will work in the firm’s Austin office.
Four Diversity Fellows from Fish’s 2014 program will also return to the firm for a second summer.
Thomas Chisena, a student at Temple University, Beasley School of Law (2016), has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Chisena will work in the firm’s Delaware office.
Krystina Ho, a student at Columbia Law School (2016), has a Doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Ho will work in the firm’s New York office.
Philip Kim, a student at the George Washington University Law School (2016), has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering. Kim will work in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.