Dentons Cohen & Grigsby and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (“Pitt Law”) are partnering to establish the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Diversity Fellowship Fund (the “Fund”).
The Fund — which will make available tuition support for a first-year law student from an underrepresented group, renewable up to two years based on academic merit — also provides recipients with a paid summer associate position at Dentons Cohen & Grigsby in the student’s first summer of law school with an opportunity to return for a second summer. The Fund will award financial support to one student in academic year 2023-2024 and an additional student in academic year 2024-2025.
“At Dentons, equity, diversity and inclusion are not just ancillary values. They are core to our business strategy. We believe that broader access to legal education is essential — especially for diverse and underrepresented students,” said Christopher B. Carson, President and CEO of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby. “We are proud to support Pitt Law’s efforts to develop the next generation of talented and diverse lawyers. We hope the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Diversity Fellowship Fund will help these impressive students achieve their goals and reach their highest potential.”
“Dentons Cohen & Grigsby has been a committed partner to Pitt Law and Western Pennsylvania for many years. With this new fellowship, the firm is further demonstrating its longstanding commitment to inclusivity and investing in growing a diverse and talented pool of legal professionals who will ensure Pittsburgh and our surrounding communities continue to thrive,” said University of Pittsburgh School of Law Vice Dean Haider Ala Hamoudi. “The financial support, summer associate position, and mentoring provided through this special experience will provide Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Diversity Fellows with a strong foundation for developing their careers and making a difference in our community.”
Dentons participates in other programs and partnerships to attract and support top legal talent from wide-ranging backgrounds, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program and the Dentons Diversity Scholars Program. Read more about these and other diversity-related events, initiatives and organizations the firm supports here.