Foley Scholarship Promotes Diversity In Legal Community

08 January 2008 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

Firm Announces Recipients of Annual Awards Totaling $50,000.

Foley continues to demonstrate its commitment to diversity in the legal community through this year’s Minority Scholarship Program. The program, now in its ninth year, has awarded nearly $450,000 in scholarships to first-year minority law students to support greater diversity in the legal profession.

This year, 10 ethnically diverse first-year law students received a $5,000 scholarship toward their legal education. Law schools participating in the program include Duke University, the University of Florida, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley.

Recipients for the 2007-2008 academic year include:

  • SaMee Burrage, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Pauline Chow, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Felicia Escobar, UCLA School of Law
  • Rahwa Gebretnsaie, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Ziad Haider, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Waizeru “Z” Johnson, Duke University School of Law
  • Xinning Shirley Liu, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
  • Erica Lopez, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Ryan Jason Murguia, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Ibert Schultz, The University of Michigan Law School

“Our firm is fully invested in establishing a diverse environment, and the Minority Scholarship Program demonstrates our solid commitment to the advancement of minority law students and to achieving a more diverse legal community,” said Maureen A. McGinnity, the firm’s Chief Diversity Partner.

Each scholarship recipient is selected by Foley’s Minority Scholarship Program Committee. The committee considers significant involvement in community activities; significant involvement in minority student organizations; outstanding work or personal achievements; and academic achievement.

The Minority Scholarship Program is a valuable tool in Foley’s continuing commitment to recruiting a diverse pool of law students for its summer program and as new associates. Through this program, Foley is introduced to outstandingly talented diverse law students who share the firm’s core values and culture. Scholarship applicants are referred to Foley’s Recruiting Committee for consideration, and the firm has been successful in hiring many applicants both as summer associates and as new associates. Additionally, the program gives Foley the opportunity to acquaint influential diverse law students with the firm and its diversity commitment, expanding the firm’s visibility and good will within important law school constituencies.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six times for our client-focused technology. With more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices and more than 50 practices, count on Foley for high-caliber business and legal insight.