Students Selected for Summer Diversity Legal Programs and Scholarships

This summer, 17 GW Law students gained substantive legal experience through a variety of programs promoting and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. Students were invited to participate in law firm diversity programs, regional programs sponsored by law firms and corporations, and judicial internships with employers across the nation.  

“GW Law is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and to eliminating bias in the workplace,” says Associate Dean Abraham Pollack, head of the GW Law Career Center.  The Career Center has a range of resources and programs developed by Kristen Meeks, assistant director, diversity and inclusion liaison, to prepare eligible students to compete for these opportunities. Students who participated in diversity programs this past summer include:


Chidera Anyanwu (Saul Ewing), Jose Calves (Comcast Legal Department), and Elyse Houston (Obermayer Rebbman Maxwell & Hippel) were placed through the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group Fellows Program, which matches eligible students with firms and corporations in the Philadelphia area. 

Stella Xing Liu (Bregman Berbert), Roberta Roberts (Joseph Greenwald & Laake), and Cathyana Jean-Baptiste (Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger) were placed through the Montgomery County Summer Scholars Program, which matches eligible students with firms in Montgomery County, Md. Ms. Roberts was also the inaugural recipient of the Jeanette Michaels Memorial Scholarship awarded by the GW Black Law Alumni Association.

Evan Glover (Hiscock and Barclay) was placed through the Monroe County Diversity Clerkship Program, which matches eligible students with firms and corporations in Rochester, N.Y.

Matthew Corkery (BAE Information Solutions Inc.) was placed through the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association’s Corporate Scholars Program, which matches students with corporations in the D.C. area.

Ingrid Messbauer (Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, N.J.) secured the highly competitive 1L Summer Internship offered by the National LGBT Bar Association in collaboration with Prudential Financial Inc. 

Taylor Ball (Groom Law Group, Washington, D.C.) was placed through a targeted résumé collection for diverse GW Law students. Ms. Ball and Michael Gonzalez were selected for the highly competitive Baker & McKenzie Spring 1L Internship program exclusively offered at GW Law and Howard University School of Law.

Sydney English (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner LLP, Washington, D.C.; Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Law Scholarship) received a $10,000 renewable scholarship, which included a mentoring program prior to beginning law school through the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation’s Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Program. During her 1L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Banner & Witcoff in Washington, D.C. In summer 2014, Ms. English was awarded the 2014—15 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship, along with a summer associate position for summer 2015.

Ejaz Baluch (The Hon. George L. Russell III, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland) was placed through the Just the Beginning Foundation Judicial Internship Program, which aims to place highly qualified diverse applicants in judicial internships throughout the country.

Melissa Tuarez (Arent Fox, Washington, D.C.) was selected as a summer associate through the firm’s 1L Diversity Scholarship Program.

Christian Springer (The Hon. Laura Cordero, District of Columbia Superior Court, Washington, D.C) was selected for a judicial internship through the Judicial Council of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Summer Internship Program.

April Jones (The Hon. Martin Hoffman, 68th Civil District Court, Dallas, Texas) was selected for a judicial internship through the American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which places diverse first-year law students in judicial internships throughout the country and provides them with an award of $2,000.

Oscar Lopez (W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, Del.) was selected as a summer associate through the Delaware Diversity Job Fair Résumé Collection.