Contact: Brandon Vogel
Media Writer, Media Services & Public Affairs
bvogel@nysba.org
518/487-5535

December 13, 2007

BAR FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL & FEDERAL LITIGATION SECTION MINORITY FELLOWSHIP

The New York Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship. The $5,000 award will be presented to a first-year (1L) minority student to work in a litigation position in the public sector in New York State. The recipient will also receive a guest membership in the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for one year. The Fellowship will take place in New York from June 9 to August 15, 2008.

The Fellowship program goals are to increase the representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of backgrounds in commercial litigation, and to provide students from a diverse range of backgrounds with an opportunity to experience litigation practice. The ultimate goal of the fellowship is to create a network and forge relationships which will foster greater diversity among commercial and federal litigators throughout the State of New York.

First year minority students enrolled in a law school in the State of New York as of the fall 2007 semester are eligible to apply. The fellowship application deadline is December 31, 2007. For complete eligibility details, contact The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207, 518/487-5651, or foundation@tnybf.org.

Founded in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession.

The purpose of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section is to improve the quality of representation of clients, provide a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and enhance the administration of justice.   The Section serves its mission by: developing relationships and sharing practice experiences with fellow commercial and federal litigators, with state and federal judges, and with regulatory and administrative bodies; by establishing committees for the purpose of promoting research and discussion on current issues affecting its practice; by influencing and proposing legislation affecting its practice; by developing continuing legal education programs on topics relevant to its practice;  by developing continuing legal education programs on topics relevant to its practice; and by providing networking opportunities for its members.