CLS Student Named Diversity Scholar by Latham & Watkins
Latham Names Four Second-Year Students Diversity Scholars
April 4, 2006--Latham & Watkins LLP1 announced that Eddie A. Jauregui '07 was one of four recipients of the inaugural Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program, which awarded four $10,000 scholarships to second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2006-07). The other recipients were John A. Mathews II of Harvard Law School , Lisa M. Pérez of University of Virginia School of Law, and Marla E. Stewart of Cornell Law School.
Following the announcement of the Diversity Scholars program last October, Latham & Watkins received 315 applications from students attending more than 100 U.S. law schools. The applicants were required to be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with intent to practice in a global law firm. Candidates submitted written applications, and several short-list finalists met with a selection panel consisting of partners and associates of the firm.
"The caliber and character of the applicants were truly awe inspiring, and it was difficult to narrow the field down to these four deserving recipients," said Sharon Bowen, Vice Chair of Latham's Diversity Committee who served on the scholarship selection panel. "Latham's commitment to diversity is an integral component of our culture, and we are hopeful that the financial assistance provided will help these top scholars meet their goals and aspirations."
Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars included their ability to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms; their success in overcoming obstacles or challenges faced in deciding to choose law as a profession; academic and/or leadership achievements; and their desire to practice in a global law firm environment.
"The Diversity Scholars Program is a great success," said Robert M. Dell, Chairman and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. "It is consistent with our long-standing commitment to be a leader in the hiring, training and promotion of lawyers, with particular attention to the goals of equal opportunity and diversity in the practice of law," added Dell.
Global Recruiting Committee Chair Juli Wilson Marshall noted that: "The Latham Diversity Scholars Program further enhances Latham's efforts to promote diversity in the profession. We have many ongoing initiatives such as our annual Diversity Weekend, attended by law students receiving offers from the firm, and various outreach efforts in the area of recruitment. Our firm and our clients are enriched by this diversity, which we support in so many ways, including our mentoring program."
Biographical Sketch of Eddie A. Jauregui '07
Eddie graduated with honors from Occidental College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy, making him the only person in his extended family to graduate from college. In 2000, he received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Currently at Columbia Law School, he was awarded best oral argument and best written brief in the 1L moot court competition, was a semi-finalist in the school's honors moot court competition, and presently serves as Academic Chair of the Latino Law Students Association. A native of Los Angeles and a first-generation American of Mexican descent, Eddie developed an early interest in politics and law due to his parents' labor union membership and has worked as an organizer, campaign worker, and intern for a Member of Congress. An openly gay man, Eddie has advocated for gay and lesbian civil rights and worked as a legal intern last summer for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. His primary interests in the law are litigation and land use matters.
About Latham & Watkins
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