Three Touro Law Students Receive New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowship

April 6, 2021

Touro Law Center Dean Elena B. Langan is pleased to announce that first-year students Daryll Jones, Christian Robledo, and Stephanie Stephenson have been named New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowship recipients. Jones will work this summer at Morgan Stanley, Robledo will work at Cerberus Capital Management and Stephenson will work at Sher Tremonte LLP.

“This fellowship program is very competitive, and the Touro Law community is proud of Daryll, Christian, and Stephanie for their selection,” stated Dean Langan. “I am confident that they will proudly represent Touro Law while gaining valuable skills this summer.”

Daryll B. Jones, Jr. is a first-year full-time student who looks forward to a career in corporate law, contributing to the success of corporations and individuals. He has a background working in financial services and studied business and political science for his undergraduate degree. These experiences fostered his interest in corporate law. He stated, “My goal as a diversity fellow is to learn how corporate law functions and what skills are necessary to succeed in this field.” He hopes to use his platform as a diversity fellow to mentor other aspiring attorneys from diverse backgrounds to achieve even more than he has.

Christian Robledo is a first-year full-time student looking forward to a career as a corporate attorney. He says he is honored to be selected as a 2021 NYC Bar Association Diversity Fellow, “where I can participate in a program that seeks to rectify the underrepresentation of diverse attorneys in the legal field, and that prepares me to serve as a better role model for my own two children as well as all the Latino attorneys who follow me.” 

Stephanie Stephenson is a first-year student in the full-time program. She is a first-generation Black American woman, the first person in her family to obtain a college degree and the only to pursue a law degree. She stated, “I have an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by minority students in pursuing higher education. This drove my commitment to be a mentor to young Black women and to inspire them to achieve their full potential. I believe that representation and exposure is critical in increasing diversity in higher education, and equally important in the legal field. I want to use my platform as a law student and a future lawyer to encourage, empower, and provide guidance to other Black women to reach their goals.”

The selection criteria for Program Fellows are demanding, including a legal writing requirement, preparing a personal statement and being interviewed by a faculty-dominated screening committee and then, if selected by that committee, interviewed again by a panel of attorneys and other school representatives. The interviewing panel also reviews candidates’ undergraduate and law school transcripts, resumes, personal statements and legal writing samples. Only those who pass this final hurdle are assigned to a participating employer.

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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,500, offers full- and part-time JD programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime JD Program combining online and on campus learning. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.
 
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Patti Desrochers
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pattid@tourolaw.edu
(631) 761-7062

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