Eighteen Students Awarded 2L Diversity Scholarships

More than US$1,000,000 in scholarships awarded since the program was founded in 2005.

May 28, 2019

Latham & Watkins is excited to welcome this year’s 2L Diversity Scholars:

  • Jessica Baker, Yale Law School
  • Ziyad Shaher Barghouthy, Levin College of Law
  • Carolina Souza Berger, University of Chicago Law School
  • Nigel Frank, Fordham University School of Law
  • Annacrizelda Funtelar, Yale Law School
  • Melange Gavin, Columbia Law School
  • Nicolas Cruz Gonzalez, Cornell Law School
  • Leia Mengxi Gu, University of Michigan Law School
  • Claude Harrington, Stanford Law School
  • Emmanuel Kassim, Yale Law School
  • Amanda Kurzydlowski, Cornell Law School
  • Caitlin Nguyen, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law School
  • Sanjana Parikh, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Kellye Quirk, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Nayanthika Ramakrishnan, Cornell Law School
  • Dante Spurlock, Boston University School of Law
  • Trevor James Yedoni, Loyola Law School
  • Meiran (Melissa) Yin, Columbia Law School

Learn more about our 2L Diversity Scholars by watching this short video:

The 2L Diversity Scholars Program includes a scholarship of US$25,000. Recipients receive the first US$10,000 upon starting as a summer associate at Latham and the balance of US$15,000 upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. Since Latham launched the 2L Diversity Scholarship Program in 2005, the firm has awarded more than US$1,000,000 in scholarships to US law students.

Candidates for the 2L Diversity Scholars Program submitted written applications, detailing academic and leadership achievements and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as their work and personal experiences. The firm received more than 500 applications from students at more than 90 US law schools. 

“Every year I am incredibly impressed by the caliber of applicants to our 1L Fellowship Program and 2L Diversity Scholars Program. The talents and accomplishments of our 2019 Scholars are astounding,” said Julie Crisp, Vice Chair of the Recruiting Committee. 

Kevin Chambers, Global Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee added: “As a firm, we are committed to helping those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the legal industry find a path to success. Recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse lawyers through programs like the 1L Fellowship and the 2L Diversity Scholarship are fundamental components of our firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.”

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