Latham & Watkins Announces 2010 Diversity Scholars

March 9, 2010

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce the recipients of the Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 2010. The program, in its fifth year, awards four $10,000 scholarships to second-year students attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States. The award is among several firm initiatives designed to promote diversity in the legal profession.

The 2010 Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars are:

  • Aisha Granville of Howard University School of Law
  • Bryant Hall of Yale Law School
  • Noorain Khan of Yale Law School 
  • Joanne Villanueva of University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

See below for biographical sketches of the Diversity Scholars.

Candidates for the Diversity Scholars Program submitted written applications, detailing academic and leadership achievements as well as life and work experiences that have shaped their values. The firm received more than 250 applications representing 90 US law schools. The award is not contingent on employment at Latham & Watkins.

“Since its launch in 2005, the response to the Diversity Scholars Program has been overwhelming. Each year, we are inspired by the high quality and unremitting ambition of our applicants which makes the judging process both challenging and motivating. I am profoundly proud to be a part of this initiative and to see the rising talent that the program discovers each year,” said Sharon Bowen, Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Diversity Committee, who also served on the scholarship selection panel.

“The Diversity Scholars Program has become a signature initiative among our diversity programs and it rewards the incredible achievements of this highly talented group of students,” said Robert M. Dell, Chairman and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins.

Ora Fisher, Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Diversity Committee and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, stated: “A diverse population of lawyers and staff strengthens our profession enormously and we remain committed to initiatives that foster and promote values that respect individuality and differences among people. We are delighted to continue the tradition of the Diversity Scholars Program and are committed to increasing diversity throughout the legal profession.”

Biographical Sketches of the Scholarship Recipients
  • Aisha Granville – Currently enrolled in Howard University School of Law, Granville is the Associate Publications Editor for the Howard Law Journal and Treasurer for the Sports and Entertainment Law Association. Granville obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics from Drexel University in 2005 and began her professional career with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where she designed and patented a system that reduced the maintenance costs of liquid crystal displays. Granville’s tenure on Lockheed’s Diversity Committee and her work to improve minority retention underscore her deep commitment to improving diversity in the workforce.

  • Bryant Hall – Hall graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and is currently enrolled in Yale Law School where he is an active member of the Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and the Yale Black Law Students’ Association. In addition, he currently works to mentor and recruit promising students from diverse backgrounds to Yale. During high school, Hall embraced political activism, advocating for increased participation of youth in electoral politics and lobbying on behalf of students for increased funding for public education. 

  • Noorain Khan – After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in 2006, Khan earned a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University in 2008, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Khan’s experiences as a Pakistani American and as a Muslim woman have played an important role in her personal and professional paths and have guided her continued desire to connect seemingly disparate communities and ideas. She is a co-recipient of a grant to fund research on Muslim American interest in the legal profession after 9/11. Khan is conducting the empirical and ethnographic study while attending Yale Law School, through which she seeks to learn if more Muslim Americans are pursuing legal careers in the wake of 9/11. 

  • Joanne Villanueva – During her undergraduate studies at Brown University, Villanueva participated in numerous community service projects and local activist work targeting Providence, RI’s Asian population, mentoring Filipino students, and working with the Admissions Office to recruit talented students of color. Previously, Villanueva has served as a law clerk at The Legal Aid Society in San Francisco and also as a Clinic Director and Counselor at the Workers’ Rights Clinic in Berkeley, CA. Villanueva is a member of University of California, Berkeley School of Law’s (Boalt Hall) 2011 class.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys in 29 offices, including Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the Web site at www.lw.com.

Notes to Editor

1 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 and Japan.
The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program is open to second-year law students for use of the awarded scholarships during their third year of law school.

Contacts

Sharon Bowen, Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Diversity Committee, +1.212.906.1332
Ora Fisher, Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Diversity Committee, +1.650.463.2616

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