PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2021: The Morgan Lewis Foundation is pleased to announce its 10 Diversity Scholarship award recipients for 2021. The foundation, established as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, has awarded over 50 law school scholarships since its founding in 2014 totaling more than $1 million.
“Morgan Lewis’s longstanding focus on diversity and inclusion has guided our firm in service to our clients, our colleagues, and our communities, and this core commitment includes helping to equip the next generation of lawyers with the resources they need to thrive,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “We are proud to play a role in assisting these remarkable students achieve their personal and professional goals.”
The 2021 scholars represent a diverse class from seven law schools:
The Morgan Lewis Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and future employment with Morgan Lewis is not a requirement for the scholars. The grants are provided in four installments at the beginning of each semester of the scholars’ second and third years of law school.
Established with funds granted to Morgan Lewis as a fee award in a historic settlement of a major fair housing pro bono matter on behalf of a class of tens of thousands of Black families who had been subject to discriminatory allocation of public housing in the City of Baltimore, the Morgan Lewis Foundation provides financial support to promising law students from underrepresented groups. The foundation is self-sustained with additional funds received in pro bono settlements. Chief Engagement Officer Amanda Smith and partners Michelle Park Chiu, Nagwa Hultquist, Rahul Kapoor, Tim Levin, Bob McDonnell, Grace Speights, Chuck Shimada, and Sara Wells serve on the foundation’s board.