Five First-Year Pace Law School Students Win New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowships

WHITE PLAINS, NY (March 14, 2008) – Five Pace Law School students have been awarded New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) Diversity Fellowships for 2008.

Since 1991, the New York City Bar’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers has administered an annual program placing qualified diversity applicants in paid summer clerkships with outstanding law firms and corporate law departments. Fellows are paid anywhere from $800 – $3000 a week and, in the past, some fellows have received post-graduation offers as a result of their fellowship experience.

This year’s fellows from the Law School are Lisa Callender (who was placed with Pfizer Inc.), Rodrigo Da Silva (Proskauer Rose LLP), Saira Khan (Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.), Raymond Ramirez (Prudential Insurance Company of America), and Elizabeth Taveras (Stroock Stroock & Lavan LLP).

“I congratulate these students on being awarded a diversity fellowship by the New York City Bar Association,” said Interim Dean Michelle Simon. “The Pace Law community is extremely proud of these students who have worked so diligently to achieve this accomplishment and we look forward to witnessing their future successes.”

In order to be selected as a fellow, a 1L student must undergo a rigorous application process. In addition to submitting undergraduate and law school transcripts, a one-page personal statement and resume for consideration, a student must also write a six-page writing sample in response to a hypothetical prepared by the NYCBA.
The finalists forwarded to the NYCBA for consideration also had to be interviewed by a Law School Screening Committee, which this year was composed of Professor Horace Anderson, Professor Barbara Atwell, Director of Academic Support Mark Padin, Professor Darren Rosenblum, Professor Emily Waldman, and Stephanie Golden, the Career Center’s associate director for private sector and judicial clerkships.

Fellows were also chosen from Brooklyn Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Columbia University School of Law, CUNY School of Law at Queens College, Fordham University School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, New York Law School, New York University School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law.

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,500 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in environmental law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent, and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.

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