The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to offer the Commercial and Federal
Litigation Section Diversity Fellowship each spring which has been established by The Foundation
through a gift from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State
Bar Association. The Fellowship will be awarded to a current first year (1L) diversity law
student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work in a litigation
position in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer.
Diversity Fellowship Program Goals
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.
Through the Fellowship, a student will be provided a meaningful and appropriately
supervised work experience in the Chambers of Justice (TBD), of the Commercial
Division of the Supreme Court of New York, New York County, 60 Centre Street, New
The Fellowship, valued at $6,000, will be awarded to one (1) student to spend the summer
of 2016 (10 weeks) working on Commercial Division matters in the Chambers of Justice
(TBD), of the of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New York, New York
County, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY.
- The Fellow will be a guest member of the NYSBA Commercial and Federal
Litigation Section for one year starting with the award of the Fellowship.
- The Fellowship will be awarded during the month of March and the official
presentation will occur in April at the Section's Annual Smooth Moves Event.
The Fellowship is open to all first-year (1L) diversity students that are enrolled in a law school in the State of New York and who are
capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities. The student must
be a member of one of the following racial/ethnic groups: Black/African American;
Latino/a; Native American or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander.
The Fellowship will take place during the summer for a period of ten
weeks from June to August. The work requirement per week is
35 hours at the minimum but should not exceed 40 hours.
Location of Fellowship
The Fellowship will take place in the Commercial Division, in the Chambers
of the of Justice (TBD). Fellowship finalists will be interviewed in New York City.
Payment of Fellowship
The student will receive $3,000 at the start of the Fellowship with the remaining
$3,000 paid to the student at the end of the Fellowship (no federal or state income
taxes will be withheld and a 1099 will be issued to the student by January 31 of the following year).
Housing and Other Expense
Housing, transportation and all other expenses to participate in the Fellowship will
be provided by the student.
Fellowship Application Requirements
The applicant must submit the following:
- A completed application (application form below)
- Cover letter of interest
- Unofficial undergraduate school transcript
- Two letters of recommendation
- One writing sample on any topic related to the law. The writing sample must be
at least five pages but shall not exceed 10 typed pages double spaced.
At the conclusion of the Fellowship, the recipient will be required to produce a summary
evaluation report that may be produced as an article in the Commercial and Federal Litigation
Section Newsletter and/or the Foundation’s Newsletter.
If submitting application materials by e-mail, the attachment file will be accepted in
Microsoft Word and/or PDF format.
Criteria for judging applications will be:
- Content and quality of application materials
- Demonstrated interest in litigation
- Work experience
- Academic record
- Leadership experience
- Extracurricular activities and community service
- Quality of written expression
- Maturity, integrity and professionalism
- Any other relevant factors
For more information and where to apply For questions please contact Deborah Auspelmyer