Morrison & Foerster hosted the sixth annual Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion program kickoff event on April 20 in the firm’s New York office. The annual event provides an opportunity for fellows to meet each other, learn more about the firm, and interact with attorneys. Seventeen fellows, including eight returning fellows, will be joining our Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices for the summer.
The 1L Wetmore Fellowship recognizes and supports the career development of promising law students of color, as well as LGBT law students. Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants from the top law schools in the United States. Since 2012, we’ve awarded 57 fellowships.
The event opened with welcome remarks from Natalie Kernisant, director of diversity and inclusion; Nicole Wanzer, director of attorney recruiting; and Adrienne Lucas, diversity and inclusion specialist. The speakers provided an overview of the summer program and introduced the morning’s first panel discussion.
Following introductions, an associate panel including Carlos Espinoza (Los Angeles), Christina Golden (New York), Luis Gabriel Hoyos (San Francisco), and Michelle Yang (Washington, D.C.) shared best practices and pieces of advice on how Wetmore Fellows can make their summer experience a success. Panelists commented on the collegial culture at MoFo and stressed the importance of mentorship. They also shared practical tips for handling the summer’s first major assignment: establish timelines, understand the deliverable, maintain open lines of communication, and use all available resources.
The event also included substantive sessions, such as “Practice Hot Topics” led by New York associates Dario de Martino, Kat Mateo, and Anthony Ramirez and Washington, D.C. associate Crystal Kaldjob. Associates gave an overview of trending legal issues in blockchain, litigation, fintech, and social media user data.
Larren Nashelsky, chair of the firm, provided the afternoon’s lunch welcome remarks and emphasized MoFo’s commitment to diversity, citing it as integral to the firm’s success.
Following lunch, attendees participated in afternoon breakout sessions that focused on the most common summer associate mistakes and how to avoid them.
The afternoon concluded with “Pro Bono @ MoFo,” a panel discussion featuring New York partner Jim Hough, of counsel Jayson Cohen and Erica Richards, and associate Gabe Dabiri, moderated by senior pro bono counsel Jennifer Brown. Panelists shared their favorite pro bono stories and shared why working on pro bono matters was important to them.
The 1L recipients of the 2018 fellowship include: Saqeef Ahmad, Cornell Law School (Washington, D.C.); Meredith Angueira, Harvard Law School (San Francisco); Joline Desruisseaux, Vanderbilt Law School (San Francisco); Monica Cai, Yale Law School (San Francisco); Alex Napoles, Berkeley Law (San Francisco); Michael Machado, UPenn School of Law (New York); Amanda Sadra, Berkeley Law (Los Angeles); Daniela Serna, NYU School of Law (new York); and Hannah Yim, Berkeley Law (San Diego).
Our returning 2L Fellows include: Jamis Barcott, UCLA Law (Los Angeles / San Francisco); Mariela Cisneros, NYU School of Law (San Francisco); Kirk Coleman, Columbia Law School (New York); Thomas Davidson, Stanford Law School (San Francisco); Haris Durrani, Columbia Law School (Washington, D.C.); Pia Figuerola, NYU School of Law (New York); Cody McDavis, UCLA Law (Los Angeles / San Francisco); and Regina Molina, Berkeley Law (San Francisco).
More information about our fellows can be found here.
Seventeen fellows will be joining our Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices for the summer.
MoFo’s Natalie Kernisant, director of diversity and inclusion, provides the morning’s welcome remarks