Law School Announces Diversity Fellows
July 14, 2008 — Five rising second-year students at the Earle Mack School of Law have been selected as diversity fellows and matched with employers who are supporting their legal studies for three years and offering co-op placements in the academic coming year.
Charles Bruce has been matched with Sunoco Inc., where he will work in the company’s legal department in Center City Philadelphia. Bruce will complete assignments related to environmental, transactional and employment issues, working with a team of 35 attorneys. A former real estate appraiser, originally from Seattle, Wash., Bruce is a member of the Student Bar Association, the Drexel and Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association and OUTLAW, which represents gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered law students.
As a diversity fellow matched with Conrad, O’Brien, Gellman & Rohn P.C., John Duong will work with a leading litigation firm in Center City. Duong will be involved with client interviews, witness preparation, court and deposition appearances, as well as research and drafting motions. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Duong worked in sales and software engineering before coming to Drexel, where he has joined the Intellectual Property Student Organization and the International Law Society.
Philadelphia native Peter Kidd will handle research and writing assignments as a fellow with the Litigation Department of Dechert LLP, a national firm that primarily represents corporations. Kidd has worked as a trademark paralegal at Duane Morris LLP and as a musician and actor in New York City. Peter is also the current president of OUTLAW, which is dedicated to promoting diversity and tolerance of LGBT individuals both within Earle Mack School of Law and the Philadelphia area as a whole
Osayi Osar-Emokpae is a fellow with GlaxoSmithKline, where she will work with in-house counsel in four practice areas that cover sales and marketing, global manufacturing and supply, business regulations and dispute resolution and prevention. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Osar-Emokpae graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Temple University, where she was the top speaker in the Parliamentary Debate Team.
Shabrei Parker, a native of Philadelphia, has been matched with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock, which handles complex civil litigation, including consumer class actions, medical malpractice and product liability. Parker will work with clients throughout the discovery process, attend court hearings and all pretrial phases of litigation as well as conducting research and drafting pleadings. She graduated cum laude from Millersville University in 2007, where she was recipient of a USAA Collegiate All-American Scholarship.
The fellowship program reflects Drexel’s commitment to promoting diversity on campus and in the legal profession.
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