Catherine Noyes Lee
2L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Women who #makehistory leave a lasting legacy.

That’s certainly true at Cadwalader, where Catherine Noyes Lee was elected our first woman partner nearly 80 years ago, while also becoming the first woman partner of a major Wall Street firm. Catherine pursued bold change not only to fulfill her own career aspirations, but also to support those of her contemporaries and future generations of women and girls. As she told The New York World-Telegram newspaper at the time of her election to the partnership, “I hope other old firms will think about this and take women lawyers in. It has not been their policy. I could name one woman lawyer after another who would be a distinct asset as a partner.”

To honor and build on Catherine’s legacy, and to acknowledge the vast collective of voices who have more recently called for – and demanded – bold change for greater equity and social justice, we are pleased to announce the Catherine Noyes Lee 2L Diversity Scholarship.

About the
Program

The 2L Diversity Scholar will be an outstanding second-year law student with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The 2L Diversity Scholar will be a summer associate in our New York office.

The 2L Diversity Scholar will be paid the summer associate salary during their 10 weeks and will be eligible to receive a scholarship of $15,000. The first half of the scholarship ($7,500) will be paid upon completion of the 10-week fellowship and acceptance of a full-time offer to join the firm as a first-year associate. The second half of the scholarship ($7,500) will be paid upon the start date of employment. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm.

Application

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Resume
  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words that addresses the following questions:
  • Why diversity is important to you?
  • How have you been a leader in your community?
  • The names of two (2) references who can attest to the applicant's character and leadership skills
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts

Application Criteria

  • US Citizen or authorized to work in the US
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including law students who are (a) members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups (b) women (c) LGBTQ (d) differently abled or (e) from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Enrollment at an ABA-accredited law school with an expected graduation date of spring 2023
  • Outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and active involvement in the community

Application
Timing

The application for our 2021 2L Diversity Scholarship Program will be open from May 15, 2021 through June 28, 2021.

Completed applications must be received on or before 5:00 PM (EDT) June 28, 2021.

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