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Nine Students Receive Inaugural Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund Awards

Anderson & Kreiger has awarded a total of $100,000 to law school and college students who have demonstrated financial need and also identify as members of racial or ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Through these awards, Anderson & Kreiger intends to support law students who lack the financial capital to focus exclusively on schooling and whose financial situation may limit their range of legal career options, and to encourage college students to pursue legal careers.

2021 Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund Award Recipients

The 2021 recipients include:

Aisha K. Nanyanzi of New England Law School received a $50,000 award.  Aisha is a single mother who works full-time in addition to attending law school. Aisha immigrated to the United States from Uganda and she hopes to become an immigration lawyer to fight for the rights of other immigrants and asylum seekers as her immigration lawyer fought for her and her daughter.  “I couldn’t be more thankful to the scholarship committee at Anderson & Kreiger for this award. It is an honor to have been selected from a pool of competitive and equally deserving candidates. This award affords me the opportunity to focus on my studies and continue to pursue my dreams of becoming an attorney. Scholarship patrons like Anderson & Kreiger—willing to support diverse law students—offer students such as myself a path to success in the legal world” said Aisha.  JohnLuc Legrand and Layana White each received awards of $10,000. John Luc is currently attending Penn State Law and Layana attends New England Law School.

Six college students from the Greater Boston area received awards in the amount of $5,000 each: Gregori Estime, Boston College; Marielis Rosa, Boston University; Tiana Mudzimurema, Northeastern University; Destiny Porte, Tufts University; Serraya Quinn, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; and Karissa Coleman, Wellesley College.   “I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Anderson & Kreiger Diversity Stipend. Thank you for your generosity and the support that has been offered to help me achieve my dreams. I cannot express my gratitude enough for exposing students such as myself to various areas of the legal field,” said Destiny.

Thank You to the Selection Committee and Baystate Financial

Anderson & Kreiger wishes to thank the 2021 Selection Committee that included Joseph Kaigler, Associate Chief Counsel – Litigation, Massachusetts Port Authority; Lauren Sampson, Staff Attorney, Lawyers for Civil Rights; and Keri Sweet Zavaglia, Vice President and US General Counsel at National Grid. These individuals and their organizations contributed significant time and support to the selection process.

Anderson & Kreiger also wishes to thank Baystate Financial for contributing financial advising services to support the three law school award recipients.

“We are so incredibly excited to have Aisha, John Luc, Layana, and our six college students as the inaugural recipients of the A&K Legal Diversity Fund. We received passionate applications from many students, and are honored they chose to share their experiences and ambitions with us.  We stand behind all of our applicants and recipients, and can’t wait to follow their budding careers.  We have no doubt they will all make Boston a more inclusive, equitable, and accessible legal community.  Thank you also to our Selection Committee and Baystate Financial – we look forward to making the Diversity Fund a cherished tradition with you”, said Annie Lee, an associate at Anderson & Kreiger who worked with the Selection Committee to select this year’s recipients.

More About the Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund

Anderson & Kreiger LLP is committed to using the firm’s financial resources and social capital to promote racial and ethnic diversity in the Greater Boston legal community.  As part of this commitment, we established the Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund to directly invest in the future success of aspiring lawyers who demonstrate financial need and who identify as belonging to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. In addition to providing financial support, the program also aims to address systematic weaknesses in connecting these students with other members of the legal community, potential employers, mentors and clients, which is a strong predictor of success in the legal profession. For more information about the Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund, please visit our website: https://www.andersonkreiger.com/community-involvement/anderson-kreiger-legal-diversity-fund/.

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