The recipients of the newly established Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowships are Madison Gaona, a student at the University of Texas School of Law, and Otis Hill, a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Each receives US$10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses and will be paid summer associates in summer 2020.
Norton Rose Fulbright established the fellowships to promote diversity in the legal profession and at the law firm and to provide a helping hand to aspiring lawyers who come from groups underrepresented in the profession.
Madison will work in Norton Rose Fulbright's Dallas office and spend part of the summer working off-site at Toyota Motor North America, a firm client. Otis will work in the Houston office.
Fellowship applicants were rated in part on their commitment to promoting diversity and whether they may have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools and workplaces. Evaluators also considered personal achievements, academic achievements and demonstrated leadership ability.
Among the students encouraged to apply were highly motivated members of diverse populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace – and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The law firm's commitment is consistent with our recognition that it is the outstanding people within our business who are the source of our strength. Our colleagues – lawyers and staff – are our greatest assets. We have long embraced the principles of equal employment opportunity.
The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.