Contact: Rosanne M. Van Heertum
Director of Development, The New YorkBar Foundation
rvanh@tnybf.org
518/487-5650

October 9, 2009

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL AND FEDERAL LITIGATION SECTION MINORITY FELLOWSHIP

$5,000 Fellowship Award Provides Minority Law Student With Opportunity to Experience Litigation Practice

The New York Bar Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications for the 2010 Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship. The $5,000 award will be presented to a first-year minority law student to work in a litigation position in the public sector in New York State. The recipient also will receive a one-year guest membership in the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.

The fellowship will take place from June 7 to August 13, 2010 in the Chambers of the Honorable Bernard J. Fried, Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New York, New York County, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY.

The fellowship program's primary 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 to forge relationships that 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 2009 fall semester are eligible to apply. The fellowship application deadline is January 29, 2010. For complete application details, go to www.tnybf.org or contact The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany NY 12207, 518/487-5651, or email foundation@tnybf.org.

The purpose of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section is to improve the quality of representation of clients, to provide a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and to 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.

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 www.tnybf.org to learn more about The Foundation's important work.

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