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Latham & Watkins Formalizes Partnership with The Appellate Project

April 6, 2021
To empower law students from underrepresented communities to thrive in the appellate field, Latham is partnering with The Appellate Project to mentor, educate, and recruit law students of color.

Latham & Watkins LLPis pleased to announce that the firm has formalized their partnership with The Appellate Project, a nonprofit organization empowering law students of color, particularly those most underrepresented, to become the next generation of lawyers and judges in our highest courts. The firm currently mentors students in The Appellate Project’s Mentorship Program, and expects to continue its collaboration through mentorship, educational workshops, and financial support. To help increase diversity, equity and inclusion within the appellate field at large, and to provide a pipeline of exceptional, underrepresented law student candidates, Latham will also be a partner in The Appellate Project’s inaugural summer fellowship program by committing a spot for an appellate fellow for the firm’s 2023 summer program.

“By partnering with Latham & Watkins, a top tier firm with a leading Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, we are creating opportunities for law students of color to access appellate networks, mentors, and substantive skill-building opportunities,” said Juvaria Khan, Founder and Executive Director, The Appellate Project.

“Latham has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our partnership with The Appellate Project brings us closer to a more equitable future for law students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds,” said Abid R. Qureshi, Global Chair of Latham’s Recruiting Committee.

Latham’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice has obtained remarkable results before the US Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeal, and bringing racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the field is a top priority.

“We are excited to team with The Appellate Project to help attract, cultivate, and mentor the next generation of appellate lawyers. We believe drawing from attorneys of all backgrounds and schools will build the strongest appellate bench, and best enable us to serve our diverse clients and case load,” said Gregory Garre, Chair of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice.

“It has been a privilege to work with The Appellate Project over the past year as a law-student mentor, and I am thrilled about Latham’s support for its important mission,” said Roman Martinez, Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. office and a partner in the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice.

As part of the partnership Latham will host two workshops a year for students in The Appellate Project’s Mentorship Program. These workshops will include a pre-argument strategy discussion, a live argument viewing, and a post-mortem briefing with Supreme Court & Appellate Practice attorneys. Latham attorneys will continue providing one-on-one mentorship to students in this program, and the firm will commit a spot for a 2L appellate fellow for the firm’s highly coveted 2023 summer program.

Additional information about The Appellate Project can be found here:

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.