O’Melveny Names First Class of Coleman Diversity Fellows

April 26, 2017


NEW YORK—April 26, 2017—In honor of the late William T. Coleman, who passed away earlier this month, O’Melveny has named its first class of Coleman Diversity Fellows who will join the firm’s paid summer associate program and receive up to US$10,000 to use for law school tuition and expenses. This year’s class embodies the firm’s commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession.

Melanie Carter, a George Washington University Law School student, has already dedicated much of her life to government service and has a global perspective. She serves as a member of the US Foreign Service, and has worked as a Consul in the US Embassies in Paris and Tunis and as an expert-level negotiator for resolutions before the UN General Assembly 2nd Committee-Economic and Financial. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.

Vanessa Guerrero is attending Stanford Law School and has worked with the Office of Assemblyman Rob Bonta and the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein conducting research for important policy decisions touching on employment, human rights, environmental toxins, and judiciary issues. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she played lacrosse.

Harvard law student Simon Zhong-Wen Hedlin has used his voice for positive change as a journalist at The Economist; a research assistant in law, economics, business, and public policy for professors in Harvard and Columbia; a former political advisor to the Prime Minister of Sweden’s Office; and a campaign manager for a Swedish parliamentary candidate. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Yong Bum Lee also is attending Harvard Law School after a lifetime of learning around the world. He’s lived in the United States, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Korea. He served as a sergeant in the Korean army, stationed in a United Nations Command Security Battalion where he led a squad of seven. He is a graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

“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 like Bill Coleman and we are committed to finding and supporting that next wave of leaders.”

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Julie Fei
O’Melveny & Myers LLP