Ten Students Awarded 2L Diversity Scholarships

Recipients from Columbia, Northwestern, NYU, Penn, UCLA, UMD, USC and UVA showcase incredible accomplishments and display amazing potential.

05 November 2015

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of its scholarships under the Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars Program. Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 and join Latham & Watkins as a summer associate in 2016. Since its launch in 2005, the program has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to US law students.

The 2016 Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholars are:

  • Kemi Adegoroye of the University of Virginia School of Law
  • Tuba Ahmed of the University of Virginia School of Law
  • Felicia Alexander of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Isabelle Foley of New York University School of Law
  • Faiza Hasan of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Tina Jeon of Northwestern University School of Law
  • Sarah Khezri of Northwestern University School of Law
  • Christopher Martinez of University of California—Los Angeles School of Law
  • VelaSusan Park of Columbia University Law School
  • Joseph Porter of University of Southern California Gould School of Law

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 almost 300 applications from students at more than 90 US law schools.

“The 10 students we selected represent the very brightest future of our profession. Each one possesses a tremendous amount of talent, tenacity, ambition and dedication to the law. We are thrilled that they will be joining our firm as summer associates, and we are proud to support them at this stage of their very promising careers,” said Bill Voge, Chair of Latham & Watkins.

Ora Fisher, Vice Chair of Latham & Watkins, added: “Our 2L Diversity Scholars Program is one of the firm’s signature initiatives in the area of diversity and inclusion. Our dedication to diversity and inclusion enables us to recruit some of the most talented lawyers and staff in the world, and the 2L Diversity Scholars are no exception. We congratulate the scholars on all they have achieved so far, and look forward to their achievements to come.”
Following are brief biographical sketches of the 2016 2L Diversity Scholars: 

Kemi Adegoroye: Currently enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law, Kemi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University. She is a member of the Extramural Moot Court, Federalist Society and Virginia Law Women, as well as an accomplished singer who has released a jazz CD.

Tuba Ahmed: After graduating magna cum laude from James Madison University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Spanish and Philosophy, Tuba worked as a paralegal before enrolling at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a McGuireWoods Scholar, has volunteered as an income tax assistant and spent a term studying abroad in Paris.

Felicia Alexander: Felicia graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and Spanish. Before matriculating at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she is pursuing a joint J.D./Master of Bioethics degree, Felicia taught third grade through Teach For America. Felicia serves on the Executive Board of the Latino Law Students’ Association and as an associate editor on the Journal of Business Law.

Isabelle Foley: As a student at the New York University School of Law, Isabelle has served as an advocate for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, as executive co-chair of the Women of Color Collective and as a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a concentration in evolutionary biology. 

Faiza Hasan: Currently attending the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Faiza edits the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class and works as a teaching fellow. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in supply chain management and a minor in technology entrepreneurship.

Tina Jeon: After graduating from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Tina served as the director of global business development for Qorvis/MSLGROUP. She continues to work as the executive director of integration for Hubub.com and consulting for a Chicago-based experiential marketing firm while attending Northwestern University School of Law. Tina also participates in the Illinois Bar Association and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Sarah Khezri: At Northwestern University School of Law, Sarah serves on the Student Admissions Council and the Women’s Leadership Coalition. She also participates in Street Law, which educates high school students about democracy, law and human rights. As an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, she focused on biomedical science. 
Christopher Martinez: At the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, Chris participates in the mock trial program as well as the joint venture transactional competition. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and global cultures from the University of California at Irvine, and has worked as a case manager for the Consumers’ Law Group. 

VelaSusan Park: While earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science cum laude, Distinction in Major, from Yale University, Vela founded OpTix Group, a data science company, and won a fellowship through Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. She also served as the founding member of World Sustainability Organization, a social enterprise based in China. She currently attends Columbia University School of Law and hosts an online TV show that features interviews with scientists, law professors and philosophers.
Joseph Porter IV: While attending Yale University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Joseph was a Jackie Robinson Scholar and rowed on the Yale Heavyweight Crew team. At the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, he serves as a teaching assistant and participates in the Black Law Students Association.

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