Jonathan Riddix, a law student at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, is the 2012 recipient of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Summer Fellowship, The New York Bar Foundation announced today.

As the recipient of the $6,000 fellowship, Riddix will work this summer in the chambers of New York County Commercial Division Justice Shirley Kornreich.

"We are pleased to present this prestigious fellowship to Jonathan Riddix. In his first year of law school, he has shown exceptional promise," said Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse (Bond, Schoeneck & King). "I am confident that he will gain a wealth of experience from this fellowship and become an excellent attorney."

A graduate of Howard University and the Howard University School of Divinity, Riddix expects to graduate from Hofstra Law in 2014. He has served as a paralegal and engaged in legal research defending homeowners in mortgage foreclosure proceedings. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Black Law Student Association.

Prior to law school, he was a math and science teacher at a charter school in Washington D.C. He also worked for the District of Columbia Department of Environment, supervising youth in green initiatives and organizing community outreach and environmental conservation projects.

"The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section is proud to fund this generous fellowship and help foster greater diversity among commercial and federal litigators," said David H. Tennant of Rochester (Nixon Peabody), chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. "This fellowship provides a valuable opportunity to gain real-world experience working for a premier judge."

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