Meyers Nave announced its new Diversity Fellowship Program in the firm’s 2016 holiday e-card, which received Honorable Mention in a national contest and was recognized for demonstrating “the firm’s commitment to diversity.” Our 2019 holiday e-card celebrated the first full-time Associate hire from our Diversity Fellowship Program. Our Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to promote diversity throughout the legal profession by helping to build a pipeline of diverse attorneys at the law school level. Our program has already helped advance the careers of six law students and in 2020 we welcome our first Fellow hired as a full-time Associate. Our successful program is featured in an article titled “UC Hastings Students Thrive as Meyers Nave Fellows” that was published on August 24, 2020 in the UC Hastings College of the Law alumni magazine.
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The Diversity Fellowship Program includes:
- Paid, full-time, 10-week Fellow position at Meyers Nave during the summer after the first year of law school with possible extension to second year summer
- Annual tuition assistance of $5,000 following each summer completed with Meyers Nave
- Mentoring during law school from Meyers Nave attorneys focusing on academic work and the practice and business of law
- Potential Associate position at Meyers Nave after law school
Comments from Our Inaugural 2017 Fellow
Our first Diversity Fellowship Program participant, Chelsea Davis, shared the following description of her experience: “My summer experience exceeded all my expectations! From day one, I felt like I was part of a team. I worked on substantive assignments from a variety of cases, learned new areas of law, and had the opportunity to observe strategy meetings, depositions, and hearings. All of the attorneys I worked with were really bright, friendly, and made sure I was learning and making an impact. The program’s high level of training and support shows the firm’s commitment to turning summer associates into associates.” Chelsea received the Tyrone McGraw Memorial Scholarship award during the Charles Houston Bar Association’s 2019 Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
Gamechanger Award for 2018 Diversity Fellow
Victoria Ayeni, a 2018 Diversity Fellow, and Meyers Nave Principal Eric Casher were selected by UC Hastings College of the Law among a special group of past and present students who are “Gamechangers” that “impact local, national and global policy and law.” The published interview with Victoria describes her as “a fierce advocate for diversity in the legal field” and Eric explained that “Victoria attended our diversity committee meetings and had thoughtful input, whether we were looking at internal policies or a more macro level. She’s genuinely committed to promoting diversity in the profession.” Please click here to read Victoria’s interview and learn about her plan to make her mark as a litigator for change — “Litigation is a place where you can make change because you’re creating precedent. You can start small but then ultimately have larger impact.”
2020 Diversity Fellowship Program
Our 2020 Diversity Fellowship Program included Mecole T. and Carolina Ugalde who both completed their first year at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mecole’s interest in labor and employment law is supported by her experience working as a Labor Relations Analyst for Alameda County and an Associate Human Resources Analyst for the City of Berkeley. Carolina’s interest in litigation and immigration law includes an important background as an Intern for the Merced District Attorney, a Paralegal at the Franco Law Group, and advocacy work on behalf of her community. Upon completing the Program, Mecole shared this comment on LinkedIn — “It was an honor to be selected as a Diversity Fellow at Meyers Nave this summer! Even through these rough times, the firm, and more importantly, the people, were committed to the program. I met and got to work with some of the most talented, smart, and caring people I’ve ever met. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude. As I move forward in the legal field, dedicating my efforts towards diversifying the profession, I’m so proud to have started out my career at a firm that truly values diversity!”
2019 Diversity Fellowship Program
Our 2019 Diversity Fellowship Program included Shandyn Pierce and Anthony Felix. Shandyn returned to Meyers Nave after completing his second year at UC Hastings College of the Law. He was joined by Anthony Felix who also attends UC Hastings College of the Law and had just completed his first year.
2018 Diversity Fellowship Program Highlights
The 2018 program included important experiences for our two Fellows, Shandyn Pierce and Victoria Ayeni. For example, they met Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland City Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, attended the Installation Dinner for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California along with Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Benjamin T. Reyes II (a Meyers Nave Principal appointed in 2017 by California Governor Brown as the first Filipino-American judge appointed to the Contra Costa County Superior Court), and attended the Bar Association of San Francisco’s African American Partners and Associates Summer Reception. Victoria and Shandyn also participated in a hands-on meal preparation instruction and cooking showdown at Oakland’s famous Kitchen on Fire as part of the Managing Principal’s Fellows Dinner celebration.