Four St. John’s Law 1Ls have been named New York City Bar Diversity Fellows for Summer 2019. Eric Dang '21 will spend the summer at the New York City Law Department, Jasmine Johnson '21 will work at the global law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Loredana Miranda '21 will participate in the summer program at Citizens Bank, and Emmanuelle Yeremou-Ngah '21 will work for the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
The Diversity Fellowship Program was launched in 1991 as an initiative of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers. Since its inception, hundreds of 1Ls from historically underrepresented groups have been selected to spend their summer as program fellows in a law firm, or in a corporate or government legal department.
The four fellows went through a rigorous selection process that included a legal writing requirement, a personal statement, a screening committee interview, and a second interview by a panel of attorneys and school representatives. Assistant Director of Career Development Lalaine Mercado administered all aspects of the program and, along with Professor Jacob L. Todres, Assistant Dean of Students Kimathi Gordon-Somers, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Kamille Dean, and Assistant Director of Career Development Melissa Kubit Angelides, advised students about the fellowship opportunity.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Emmanuelle, Eric, Jasmine, and Loredana, who very much deserve this honor,” says Associate Dean for Career Development and Externships Jeanne Ardan. “A number of St. John’s Law students have earned City Bar Diversity Fellowships over the years. It’s an invaluable summer experience that introduces them to the practice of law. They gain key professional skills that they continue to build and hone at St. John’s Law as they chart their careers paths.”