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St. John's University School of Law student Alet A. Brown has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship. Administered by The New York Bar Foundation, the $5,000 award is available to first-year students attending a law school in New York who demonstrate an interest in commercial and federal litigation.

As the winner of the 2010 Fellowship award, Ms. Brown will work this summer in the Chambers of the Honorable Bernard J. Fried, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division.

M. Catherine Richardson (Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse), president of The New York Bar Foundation said, "We are pleased to award the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship to a St. John's University Law School student. Ms. Brown is an eminently qualified candidate for this Fellowship. The expertise and knowledge she has gained through her undergraduate study, internships and work and volunteer experiences demonstrate her commitment to the law and public service. This fellowship will serve her well as she prepares for a successful career in the legal profession."

A resident of Brooklyn, Ms. Brown is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York) where she earned a BA in Criminal Justice (cum laude) in 2009. While at John Jay, Ms. Brown was awarded the Howard Mann Humanitarian Award and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Additionally, she served as an Associate Justice on the College's Judicial Board, as a member of the Commencement Awards Committee, and a tutor at John Jay's Writing Center. She also participated in the Ronald H. Brown Summer Law School Prep Program at the College. Her community service activities have included serving as a GED Tutor at the Hope Center of the Church of God of East Flatbush, a Mentor/Tutor for the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program for Gifted Students at IS 252 Arthur S. Sommers School, and a volunteer at the Urban Justice Center.

Ms. Brown will be recognized by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and The New York Bar Foundation during an awards ceremony at the Section's Smooth Moves IV: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color program on April 27th at the Lincoln Center in New York City. In addition to the Fellowship award, at the awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Section also will bestow the 2010 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award on attorney Glenn Lau-Kee (Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC) and his father, the renowned Chinatown lawyer Norman Lau-Kee. Glenn Lau-Kee serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and on the Foundation's Board of Directors. The awards ceremony will be followed by a cocktail and networking reception.

Section Chair Vincent J. Syracuse (Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, New York) said, "We are pleased to have The New York Bar Foundation confer this year's Fellowship on Ms. Brown and we are confident she will have a meaningful experience working for Justice Fried. The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section established this Fellowship with the Foundation to help create student awareness of commercial litigation and foster greater diversity among commercial and federal litigators throughout the State of New York."

Founded in 1988, the more than 2,600 member Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association strives to improve the quality of representation of commercial clients in litigation matters, provides a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and enhances the administration of justice. The Section is committed to serving the professional development goals of attorneys of color and to fostering diversity in the profession. For more information about the Section, go to

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