Eleven Law Students Named 2017 Latham & Watkins 1L Fellows

Students from the University of Chicago, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Michigan, NYU, UC Irvine, the University of Texas, and Yale show tremendous promise and potential.

May 24, 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce its 2017 1L Fellows.

The Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school to gain valuable professional experience, mentoring and training early in their careers.

Latham’s 1L Fellows will spend the first five or six weeks of summer 2017 in one of the firm’s US offices and the remaining portion of the 10-week program in the legal department of a Latham client. Upon the successful completion of the 1L Fellowship Program, the students will receive an offer to join the firm as a summer associate the following year; upon accepting that offer, the students will automatically graduate into Latham’s 2L Diversity Scholars Program and be eligible for a progressive scholarship of $25,000.

The 2017 Latham & Watkins 1L Fellows are:

  • Travis Anderson-Hamilton of Yale Law School
  • Megan Lucille Brown of the University of Michigan Law School
  • Shuang Ci of Harvard Law School
  • Adam Demetriou of Yale Law School
  • Devon Diggs of the University of Texas School of Law
  • Jonathan Hernandez of Cornell Law School
  • Alisha Patel of the University of Chicago Law School
  • Yves Paris Salgado Castro of the University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • James Walker of the New York University School of Law
  • Jenny Wang of Duke Law School
  • Virginia Weeks of the University of Michigan Law School

Factors considered in selecting Latham’s 1L Fellows included academic and leadership achievements, challenges encountered in advancing career objectives, life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession. The firm received approximately 1,600 applications from students at more than 100 US law schools.

“This year’s 1L Fellows show a tremendous degree of talent, commitment and dedication,” said Larry Seymour, Chair of the Recruiting Committee. “We are thrilled to support them at this stage in their legal career, and extremely excited to welcome them to the firm.”

“We created the 1L Fellowship Program in 2015 to complement our other diversity-focused recruiting and retention initiatives, including our longstanding Diversity Scholars Program and Diversity Leadership Academy. We realized that increasing diversity in the legal profession—one of our primary goals as a firm—would require a dedication to mentoring and supporting law students as well as to partnering with clients who share this goal,” said BJ Trach, Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee.

About Latham & Watkins

1 Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at www.lw.com.

Notes to Editors

Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


Larry Seymour, Chair of the Recruiting Committee, +1.213.891.8780

BJ Trach, Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee, +1.617.880.4514


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