Press Release April 03, 2009

2009 Goodwin Procter Diversity Fellows Announced

Two $15,000 awards provided to recognize exceptional minority law students

BOSTON, April 3, 2009 — Goodwin Procter LLP recently announced the two recipients of its 2009 Goodwin Diversity Fellowships. Established in 2005, the fellowships provide annual awards of $15,000 each to minority second-year law students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, outstanding leadership, a commitment to community service, interest in the private practice of law, and other special achievements and honors.

The fellowships are designed to attract additional attorneys of color to Goodwin Procter and to increase diversity in the legal profession overall by helping diverse, future leaders of the profession defray the increasingly expensive cost of a legal education.

“Our 2009 Fellows have an exemplary background in scholarship, student leadership and community service,” said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin Procter. “They each show a high level of dedication to, and enthusiasm for, the pursuit of a career in law.”

One of the diversity fellowships awarded by the firm this year is the Goodwin MassMutual Fellowship, created by Goodwin Procter in conjunction with its long-standing client, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).

Mark Roellig, MassMutual’s General Counsel, and Robbie Braceras, Chair of Goodwin Procter’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, introduced the recipients of the 2009 Diversity Fellowships. This year’s fellows are: Nina Chen, Boston University School of Law, and Justinian Doreste, Harvard Law School.

Chen will work at Goodwin Procter as a summer associate. As the recipient of the Goodwin MassMutual Diversity Fellowship, Doreste will work at Goodwin Procter as a summer associate and will have the opportunity to gain in-house experience with MassMutual’s legal department.

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