Contact: Rosanne Van Heertum
Director of Development

October 27, 2008


Recipient to receive a $5,000 fellowship

The New York Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the 2009 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 also will 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 from June 8 to August 14, 2009 in the Chambers of the Honorable Eileen Bransten, Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New York, New York County, 60 Centre Street , New York , NY .

First year minority students enrolled in a law school in the State of New Yorkas of the 2008 fall semester are eligible to apply. The fellowship application deadline is December 31, 2008. For complete eligibility details, contact The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street , Albany NY 12207, 518/487-5651, or

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.

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. Go to ://"> to learn more about The Foundation's important work.

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; and by providing networking opportunities for its members.