Strengthen the Legal Diversity Pipeline by Sponsoring a PALS Mentee
The PALS Mentoring Program matches diverse law students with practicing attorneys,who serve as professional development resources, and has done so for more than 25 years.
Advantages to Becoming an Attorney Mentor:
● Join a community of diversity champion attorneys mentoring the next wave of leaders of color in the legal profession.
● Be rewarded with your gift of sharing your time and talents with unparalleled networking opportunities.
● Positively guide a mentee's career path, course selection and the road to success!
Become a Mentor Today!
Commit 2-4 hours per month to a designated PALS Mentee.
Signup today at: www.palsprogram.org/mentor
Attorneys Who Have Previously Created a Profile on the PALS Website:
to indicate that you would like to be considered for participation in the mentoring program as a "mentor".
2. Utilize Email Subject: "PALS 2013 Mentor"
3. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days, indicating a completed mentor profile status.
4. Please log-in Here to update your profile today!
Attorneys who have NOT Created an Attorney Profile on the PALS Website:
1. Visit www.palsprogram.org/mentor and fill in all requested information on the online form.
2. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days, indicating a completed mentor profile status.
PALS thanks you for your willingness to volunteer as a mentor in the past. If you would like an additional PALS Mentee, or if you have lost touch with your PALS Mentee and are interested in being assigned a new PALS Mentee, please update your profile and let us know via email at
Attorneys matched through the program will be required to review the PALS Mentoring Manual and sign a Participation Agreement with their mentor.
If you have any questions or concerns about the PALS Mentoring Program, please contact the Executive Director of PALS, Paula Donaldson at:
The Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc. Scholarship program was organized in 1995. Over $30,000 in scholarships have been awarded under this program since 1995.
Criteria: The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:
- demonstrated community service;
- personal financial need; and
- current enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited law school in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York
*Academic performance is NOT the deciding factor
**Recommendations and personal statements should reflect community service activities. The recommendations must be attached to the application.
No faxes will be accepted. The application is available on the website: http://www.abwanewyork.org
The application consists of seven (7) pages. Please complete the entire application. All information submitted is strictly confidential.
Deadline: All applications should be postmarked by Wednesday, April 1, 2013 to:
Diane Gatewood, Chair-Scholarship Committee
The Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc.
255 West 36th Street, Suite 800
New York, New York 10018
**Please note that the address is a mail drop. ABWA does not maintain office facilities.
Zelle Hofmann Announces Call for Applications for $30,000 Diversity in Law Scholarship
MINNEAPOLIS – February 20, 2013 – The law firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP recognizes that nurturing a culture of diversity in the legal profession is more than policy statements and written goals. To that end, the firm is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2013 Diversity in Law Scholarship.
The scholarship, which will award the selected recipient a total of $30,000, is designed to encourage and facilitate diverse students, as well as students with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a profession. The application deadline is April 1, 2013.
A keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who are either (1) a member of a diverse group (broadly defined to include race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) that is historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
Selection considerations will include but not be limited to: academic performance, writing skills, demonstrated leadership skills, an interest in litigation (including antitrust and insurance litigation), financial need, and a desire to practice in one of the cities where Zelle Hofmann maintains an office.
The scholarship is to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school.
Submission guidelines and a scholarship application can be found on the Zelle Hofmann website (http://www.zelle.com/news-updates-201.html).
About Zelle Hofmann:
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP is a national litigation and dispute resolution law firm with offices in Boston, Dallas, London, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The Firm excels at handling insurance, antitrust and other complex litigation on both a national and global scale. The Firm also has an affiliate office in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. For more information about Zelle Hofmann, visit www.zelle.com. For more information about the firm’s Zealous Women initiative, visit www.zealouswomen.com.
The Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship (“CRR-CLS Fellowship”) is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship offered by the Center for Reproductive Rights (“the Center”) and Columbia Law School (“the Law School”). The Fellowship is designed to prepare recent law school graduates for legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center and the Law School and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs.
The CRR-CLS Fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for up to two full years starting in June, July, or August 2013. The Fellow will be a member of the community of graduate fellows at the Law School and will be integrated into the legal and policy work of the Center and will have work space at both locations. The Fellow will also have access to law school facilities, including the library and on-line research resources, and faculty events. It is expected that the Fellow will work closely with an assigned Law School faculty mentor.
Fellows will pursue independent research and scholarship in preparation for entering the legal academic job market at the conclusion of their first Fellowship year. Fellows are expected to produce a work of serious scholarship during their Fellowship tenure. Fellows will also have responsibility for the planning and hosting of academic conferences and/or roundtable discussions. The scope and detail of the Fellows’ work will be agreed upon in consultation with their faculty mentor and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
STIPEND AND BENEFITS: The Fellow will receive $55,000 per year for each full year in residence. There may be an additional stipend for research-related costs as needed. The Fellow shall be responsible for purchasing and maintaining her or his own health insurance. The Fellow may purchase insurance through Columbia University.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must show exceptional promise as a legal scholar and a commitment to entering legal academia in the United States. An interest in reproductive or sexual rights, women’s rights and/or human rights is required, although extensive experience in the field is not essential. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality of their application materials, and by their record of academic and professional achievement. A J.D. from an accredited law school in the United States is strongly preferred. In some exceptional cases, we may consider those with foreign law degrees. If the future Fellow is not a U.S. citizen, a J-1 visa is required and Columbia will provide the necessary paperwork for the process. An F-1 visa is not allowed for appointment to Columbia as a post-doctoral fellow. Fellows are not required to be graduates of Columbia Law School.
APPLICATION: Completed applications must be received by the Law School by October 29, 2012. Please note that it is strongly preferred that application materials be submitted electronically. A complete application must include:
1. CRR-CLS Fellowship Application Form (biographical and contact information);
2. Curriculum Vitae;
3. Official transcripts from college, law school and any graduate schools attended;
4. Statement of Scholarly Interest and future academic projects, including a discussion of how the fellowship will help the applicant in pursuing those interests and realizing those projects;
5. A paper or other writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing and analytical abilities and ability to generate interesting original ideas. This can be a draft rather than a publication;
6. Three letters of reference. At least two letters must be from professors who can speak to the applicant’s academic potential. Letters from tenured professors are strongly preferred.
All materials should be emailed to Marianne Carroll, Faculty Assistant at:
If any materials must be mailed, please address them to:
CRR-CLS Fellowship Program
Professor Carol Sanger
Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
ATTN: Marianne Carroll, Faculty Assistant