Columbia Law School student Van Ann Bui has been named the first recipient of Proskauer's Diversity Scholarship, a new tuition reimbursement award that seeks to enhance diversity in the legal profession by recognizing the academic achievements, work ethic and individual character of an aspiring lawyer.
The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and a native of Sugarland, Texas, Ms. Bui was a member of Proskauer's 2009 summer associate class. She participated as part of the New York City Bar Association's Diversity Fellowship, a highly competitive program - in which Proskauer has long been involved - that places first-year law students from historically under-represented populations with law firms and corporate legal departments in New York. Ms. Bui will receive a scholarship equal to half of the tuition for her second and third years of law school and will join Proskauer as a summer associate for 2010 and as a full-time associate following graduation.
In addition to the Diversity Scholarship, Proskauer is actively engaged in several other diversity "pipeline" initiatives through established programs that encourage diverse students to consider law as a career. They include: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity; a multi-program relationship with The Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice; Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program; The Boston Lawyers Group; Developmental School for Youth; and the Constitutional Rights Foundation.