Committee on Diversity in Business LawCommittee on Diversity in Business Law
To promote diversity in business law by encouraging traditionally underrepresented students to consider future careers in business and corporate law.
The Committee on Diversity in Business Law was established in March 2011 in affiliation with the Fordham Corporate Law Center. A February 2011 Wall Street Journal article reported the low number of minorities in corporate law practice and alerted Professor Sean Griffith to the underrepresentation of diverse law students in the Fordham Law upper level business law curriculum. Professor Griffith feels that corporate law is a pathway to empower minority communities, and this encouraged him to find a way to increase the number of diverse Fordham Law students entering corporate and other business-related practice areas. Students were surveyed and many attributed the underrepresentation to a lack of familiarity with the basic issues confronted in these courses and a lack of exposure to the corporate law profession.
The Committee on Diversity in Business Law (“CDBL”) was created with the assistance of three students. The objective was to address the issues described above with special programs and networking opportunities aimed at promoting business law careers among traditionally underrepresented students and to increase diverse representation in business and corporate law. Additional faculty contact, mentorships with alumni, panel programs with diverse practitioners and site visits are organized. Initially there were twelve student members, and in 2014 there are over one hundred members. The Committee seeks to increase visibility and greater program awareness among prospective law school applicants. Future CDBL objectives include the establishment of internships, affiliations with bar associations, professional partnerships outside the law school, affiliation with Fordham ALSA organizations, development of additional opportunities for members to write and speak about CDBL, and making connections with the Fordham Business School.
INITIATIVES FIRM VISITS/SHADOWING PROGRAM
MENTORING PROGRAM This program pairs students interested in pursuing a career in business law with experienced alumni in the field of corporate and business law.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - still to be developed This program will allow students to work at financial institutions over the course of a semester. By working at financial institutions, students will observe the roles attorneys play outside of the corporate law firm setting. Through this experience, students will develop a better understanding of business law and bolster their resumes.
ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD is in formation with recent CDBL graduates.
CONTACT US If you are interested in being a member, mentor or mentee or would like to contribute to any of our other initiatives please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage: http://law.fordham.edu/corporate-law-center/24246.htm
CDBL BOARD OFFICERS (2014-2015) Yushan (Isabel) Dai (Chair), Zachary Russell (Vice Chair), Yiyang Zhan (Treasurer), Ryan White (Secretary), Michael Levario (Alumni Relations Chair)
CDBL BOARD OFFICERS (2013-2014) Zhouzhou "Max" Guo (Chair), Michael Levario (Vice Chair), Songhee Oh (Treasurer), Michelle Chan (Secretary), Stephon Martin (Director of Alumni Communications), Michael Garza (Director of Marketing)
CDBL BOARD OFFICERS (2012-2013) Rossalyn Quaye (Chair), Osmel Cuan (Vice Chair), Jayson Lewis (Treasurer), Katy Benitez (Secretary), Stanley Montfort (Director of Alumni Communications), Ramona Ortega (Marketing Director)
CDBL BOARD OFFICERS (2011-2012) Graig Springer (Founder and Chair), Patrick Dorime (Vice Chair), Jin Choi (Treasurer), Amee Parekh (Secretary), Francesca Djerejian (Director of Alumni Communications), Alexandra Acosta and Stanley Montfort (Co-Marketing Directors)
AFFILIATED WITH THE FORDHAM CORPORATE LAW CENTER