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Weil Announces Winners of 2015 First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships

Weil is pleased to announce that Ndubuisi Ajukwu, a first-year student at Harvard Law School; Chelsea Berry, a first-year student at University of Pennsylvania Law School; Ashley Lherisson, a first-year student at Columbia Law School; Stephanie Onyekwere, a first-year student at Vanderbilt University Law School; and Jachele Velez, a first-year student at Columbia Law School, are the winners of the Weil 1L Diversity $10,000 Fellowship awards for 2015. Ndubuisi, Chelsea, Ashley and Jachele will be Summer Associates in the New York office, while Stephanie 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 US 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 JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2017, and who intend to practice law in a major city of the United States.

Ndubuisi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Dartmouth College in 2010. While he was an undergraduate, Ndubuisi served as Co-President of the Dartmouth Black Business Association and was also a member of the Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley, and then as an Associate at a private equity fund, both in New York City. Ndubuisi has also been volunteering at St. Mary’s Rehab & Development Center in Nigeria since 2005.

Chelsea received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from University of Pennsylvania in 2012. During her time as an undergraduate, she was an active member of SPEC-TRUM (Social Planning and Events Committee – to Represent Undergraduate Minorities). After graduation, Chelsea worked as a Litigation Legal Assistant at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. At law school, Chelsea is the marketing director of the Leaders in Education Advocacy and Reform Network (L.E.A.R.N.) Annual Conference.

Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University in 2012. While she was an undergraduate, Ashley was the Finance Development Intern and Special Events Coordinator at the United Nations. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a White Collar Crime Legal Assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and then as a Litigation Paralegal at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Last summer, Ashley was a Corporate Law Intern through the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Program at Linklaters LLP in New York City.

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of Texas in 2014. During her time as an undergraduate, Stephanie volunteered at the Helping Hand Home for Children in Austin, Texas, where she tutored children who had suffered severe abuse and neglect. In addition, she also served as the Advocacy Fellow of the National Black Law Students Association, through which she participated in Ashaki, a program dedicated to mentoring youth at the Austin Alternative Learning Center.

Jachele received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Hispanic Studies from Columbia University in 2011, and a Master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in 2014. While she was an undergraduate, Jachele served as Vice President of the Student Organization of Latinos. After graduation, she worked as an Operations Coordinator for the District of Columbia Public Schools, where she launched their first digital grade book program. Most recently, Jachele worked as the Player Affairs and Development Intern for the NFL Players Association.