May 30, 2018
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Jennifer Chacon, a first-year student at Cornell University Law School; Micaela Piña, a first-year student at Columbia Law School; Matthew Rayburn, a first-year student at New York University School of Law; Denver Dunn, a first-year student at Columbia Law School; Samantha Glazer, a first-year student at Georgetown University Law Center; Fernanda Merouco, a first-year student at Cornell University Law School; Michael Goodyear, a first-year student at University of Michigan Law School; and Cara Sims, a first-year student at Stanford Law School, are the winners of the Weil 1L Diversity $10,000 Fellowship awards for 2018. Jennifer and Micaela are Summer Associates in the Dallas office, while Matthew, Denver, Samantha, Fernanda and Michael are Summer Associates in the New York Office. Cara will be a Summer Associate in the Silicon Valley office.
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 2020, and who intend to practice law in a major city of the United States.
Jennifer Chacon received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business / Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences in 2014. During her time as an undergraduate, she received multiple Mock Trial Regional Competition and Multicultural Academic Achievement awards and was named a Vinson & Elkins Scholar, an SMU Distinguished Scholar and a Thelma and George Cash Memorial Scholar. Last summer, Jennifer was a Sponsors for Education Opportunity (SEO) Intern in Weil’s New York office.
Micaela Piña received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. While she was an undergraduate, Micaela served as Chief Executive Officer for Chi Beta Delta and Social Director for Phi Alpha Delta. She also served as a Research Assistant to Professor Andrew Thornley. Micaela was named a Kuhn Scholar, an award that supports first-generation students in their academic pursuits, while participating in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship Program as a Law Intern in 2013. Micaela volunteered regularly with Texas THON, a student-run philanthropy at UT-Austin that raises funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. After graduation, Micaela worked as a Paralegal and an Office Manager at a personal injury law firm in Austin. Most recently, Micaela was elected Academics Chair of the Latino Law Students Association and Professional Development Chair of the First Generation Professionals at Columbia Law School.
Matthew Rayburn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University in 2015. He also received Minor degrees in Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology and in American Sign Language. During his time as an undergraduate, he was a recipient of the University Honors Scholar Founders’ Day Award and served as a member of Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity, NYU Undergraduate Law Society, NYU Undergraduate Politics Society and NYU CAS Student Council. Matthew also volunteered for a non-profit charity, The Trevor Project.
Denver Dunn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Duke University in 2012. While he was an undergraduate, Denver received University Scholar and Dean’s List honors. He also received a Master of Divinity degree in Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2017. Most recently, Denver held a Tutor position at The Princeton Review, where he planned and executed test preparation courses and individual tutoring sessions. Prior to that, he also worked as a high school Spanish teacher for Teach For America.
Samantha Glazer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Political Philosophy, Policy and Law from the University of Virginia, with highest distinction, in 2017. Last summer, Samantha was a Summer Intern at a major law firm in its Washington, D.C. office.
Fernanda Merouco received a Bachelor of Law degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015. While she was an undergraduate, Fernanda served as a Law Review Editor and a Teaching Assistant in Private International Law. Most recently, Fernanda was elected a 1L Representative for the American Constitutional Society and Latino American Law Student Association at Cornell Law School.
Michael Goodyear received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from the University of Chicago, with honors, in 2016, specializing in Byzantine history. During his time as an undergraduate, he was an Editor for the Chicago Journal of History and was the student manager for the Middle East Music Ensemble. He also was a Summer Legal Intern for Iowa Legal Aid for two summers. During his gap year, he worked as an assistant for Professor Lori Andrews at Chicago-Kent College of Law, researching issues related to Internet privacy law. Currently, Michael is the president of the University of Michigan Law School’s Privacy and Technology Law Association, Cultural Heritage Law Society, and Entertainment, Media and Arts Law Students Association, as well as a board member for Outlaws.
Cara Sims received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, with a Minor degree in Business Law from the University of Southern California in 2016. While she was an undergraduate, Cara received USC Dean’s List honors and was a member of the Programming and Recruitment Committee and the USC Black Student Assembly. She also served as a Marketing and Social Media Volunteer Consultant for a non-profit organization, Taking the Reins, where she analyzed marketing and social media data within teams to develop new strategies and researched successful industry marketing techniques to increase donors and awareness.