November 10, 2021

Local Bar Association Fellows at Lewis & Clark Announced

Five 1Ls named as Multnomah Bar Association 2021-22 Fellows to diversify the Oregon Bar.

Lewis & Clark Law School, through the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA), named five first-year Lewis & Clark Law students as MBA Fellows: Emilia Halvorsen, Nick Mercado, Allison Sandhu, Celeste Williams and Amitav Kamani as the 2021-22 MBA Legal Fellows.

The MBA Fellows Program is a highly selective program designed to address the key goal of diversifying the Oregon bar by recruiting and supporting diverse law students who have a strong commitment to practice law in Oregon. The program is currently in its fourth year, with the number of fellows growing each year.

The program provides a first-summer paid internship, substantial scholarships throughout a students schooling, networking opportunities, judicial mentorship, and other resources designed to support the Fellows’ success in through school and a future legal career in Oregon. As it grows, this program will support many Oregon law students in their legal education and legal careers, and will make a meaningful improvement in the diversity of the bar.

Students are selected by Lewis & Clark Law School from their incoming class and are invited to apply for the program. The application process requires candidates to state how their backgrounds and professional goals align with the goals of the program. In order to be competitive for the MBA Bar Fellows Program, applicants must (1) demonstrate outstanding potential for success in the legal profession, (2) demonstrate a strong commitment to or interest in practicing law in Oregon, and (3) contribute to the diversity of the Oregon State Bar. “Diversity” is broadly defined, and participating law schools will consider various ways in which applicants have the capacity to diversify the bar.