O’Melveny Launches William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship Aimed at Increasing Legal Diversity

January 09, 2017


Los Angeles—January 9, 2017—Expanding on its long-standing commitment to legal diversity, O’Melveny has created the William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship for first-year law students. O’Melveny will award Fellowships—named for senior partner and former US Transportation Secretary Bill Coleman, who played a key role in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education—to first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and a desire to contribute to O’Melveny’s diversity and inclusion goals. 

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply here. The deadline is January 30, 2017, and Fellows will be announced on a rolling basis. If chosen, Fellows will be accepted to O’Melveny’s paid summer associate program, receive up to US$10,000 for law school tuition and expenses, and earn an automatic call-back interview for a second-year summer associate position at any O’Melveny office in the United States.

“Having teams with diverse backgrounds and perspectives makes us a much more valuable resource for our clients,” said Bradley J. Butwin, O’Melveny’s chair. “O’Melveny has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from the leadership of diverse attorneys and we are committed to finding and supporting that next wave of leaders.”

O’Melveny is continually examining ways to increase diversity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout the larger legal community. Those efforts range from our continued relationship with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, to our participation in progress-pushing events like the Women in Law Hackathon, to our 30-plus employee network groups around the globe that organize mentoring, community outreach, social, and career-building activities.

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Julie Fei                                                          
O’Melveny & Myers LLP