March 07, 2016
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that John Christian, a first-year student at Columbia Law School; Lauren Cole, a first-year student at New York University School of Law; Matthew Hutchinson, a first-year student at Northwestern University School of Law; Lauren Skerrett, a first-year student at Northwestern University School of Law; and William Smith, a first-year student at Harvard Law School, are the winners of the Weil 1L Diversity $10,000 Fellowship awards for 2016. Lauren Cole, Matthew Hutchinson, Lauren Skerrett and William Smith will be summer associates in the New York office, while John Christian will be a summer associate in the Dallas office this upcoming summer.
The Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship Program, announced in October 2011, supports the Firm’s overall commitment to diversity and is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at one of its U.S. offices. The program was open to current students at ABA-accredited law schools who have successfully completed the first semester of their first year of a full-time J.D. program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2018, and who intend to practice law in a major city of the United States.
John Christian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Yale University in 2015. As an undergraduate, John served as President of the Espionage and International Intelligence Society and also served on the Board of Directors of The Yale Historical Society. He worked at Yale University’s Center for International and Professional Experience and was also a Senior Research Assistant at Yale’s Neurobiology Department. Last summer, John worked as Professor Sarah Knuckey’s Research Assistant at Columbia Law School.
Lauren Cole received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University in 2011. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as an anchor and producer at WNUR News in Chicago. After graduation, Lauren worked in business development at a major law firm. As a law student, she was the recipient of the AnBryce Scholarship, which is a full-tuition scholarship based upon academic merit, leadership and socioeconomic adversity. Lauren has volunteered with multiple organizations, including Working in the Schools (WITS), the Joffrey Ballet and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Matthew Hutchinson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Boston College in 2013. As an undergraduate, he worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Boston College’s Department of Chemistry and was also the conductor of his school’s marching band. After he graduated, Matthew worked for a pharmaceutical company in New York as its Project Coordinator. In law school, Matthew serves as the 1L Representative of the Intellectual Property Law Society.
Lauren Skerrett received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University in 2011. During her time as an undergraduate, Lauren served as President of the Multicultural Student Association and also worked for Habitat for Humanity of Rockbridge County as its Student Executive Board Member. Following graduation, Lauren worked as an Honors Paralegal at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and last summer, was the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Corporate Law Intern at a large law firm. Lauren has also volunteered for the Chicago Bread of Life Homeless Outreach as well as the D.C. Bar’s pro bono legal clinic.
William Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Theater Studies from Yale University in 2012. As an undergraduate, William served as Solidarity Chair of the Yale Black Men’s Union, Co-Captain of the Jonathan Edwards Basketball B-Team and was also part of the Yale Heritage Theater Ensemble. After he graduated, William worked as an Account Coordinator at a public relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Before attending law school, William was the Paralegal Specialist in the Civil Frauds Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.