Goodwin Procter recently announced the three recipients of its 2010 Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color. The fellowships provide annual awards to minority first-year law students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, leadership skills, commitment to community service, interest in the private practice of law, and other special achievements and honors.
The fellowships are designed to increase diversity in the legal profession by helping cover expenses while students work in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.
In addition, the firm has partnered with its client, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, to provide the MassMutual/Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color. This joint fellowship will also provide an award to a first-year law student of color to cover their expenses while working in a public interest law position.
The recipients of the 2010 Diversity Fellowships are: Jennifer Holmes, Stanford Law School, Brandon Pratt, Boston University School of Law, and Katy Yang, Harvard Law School.Ms. Holmes will work at the Public International Law & Policy Group, a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states and governments involved in conflicts. Mr. Pratt will assist prosecutors in the Superior, Appellate, and District courts with legal research, writing, and case preparation at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. At Sanctuary for Families in New York, Ms. Yang will support the organization's Immigration Intervention Project by providing immigrant victims of domestic and gender-based violence with legal services to formalize their immigration status, protect them from removal, and reunite them with their children abroad.
With an increased interest in the fellowships and an extraordinary pool of candidates, the firm also offered finalist awards to nine first-year minority law students in addition to the three fellowships.