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Ice Miller Announces Racial Justice Fellowship for First-Year Law Students Ice Miller Announces Racial Justice Fellowship for First-Year Law Students

Ice Miller Announces Racial Justice Fellowship for First-Year Law Students

Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce the creation of a Racial Justice Fellowship Program for first-year law students. The fellowship will be awarded annually to two, highly motivated first-year law students from a racially underrepresented group who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to racial justice, diversity, and equity in their communities. One fellowship will be awarded to an Ohio resident; the other to an Indiana resident.

Fellowship recipients will participate in Ice Miller’s summer associate program and have the opportunity to work on racial justice matters during the summer program and through a paid, school-year clerkship. Fellows will also receive professional coaching throughout law school and be eligible to receive a $10,000 stipend if they accept an offer to return to the firm for a paid 2L summer associate position. 

In May 2020, Ice Miller created its Racial Justice Task Force to help identify and dismantle structural and systemic racism in the law to promote racial equity. The mission of the Racial Justice Task Force is to amplify the legal rights and voices of people and communities of color to create an environment where opportunities in and access to the legal, social, and economic systems are equitable.

Access and opportunity are two of the biggest hurdles facing people of color pursuing a career in law. The fellowship program is one of the many efforts undertaken by Ice Miller to provide greater opportunities and support for students of color. 

“The goal behind the program is to do our part as a firm to ensure that more minority law students successfully make their way through law school and have an opportunity for a successful career in law,” said Matthew Miller, Ice Miller partner and chair of the Ice Miller Racial Justice Task Force.

“This scholarship is a tangible way our firm can use its resources and influence to help students of color in law schools and ultimately advance the cause of racial justice in our communities,” said Ice Miller partner Michael Tooley, a member of the Racial Justice Task Force and professional coach.

Interested students should apply as soon as possible by submitting their resume and a copy of their undergraduate transcript. When available, students should update their applications by submitting their first semester legal research and writing memorandum and law school transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

Indiana residents interested in applying for the fellowship program can apply here. Ohio residents interested in applying for the fellowship program can apply here

To learn more about Ice Miller’s summer associate program, click here. To learn more about Ice Miller’s Racial Justice Task Force and its work, click here.
 
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