MENLO PARK, Calif., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an organization that advances the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them, have named Emily Ly the Robert Half Legal Scholar and member of MCCA's Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program, Class of 2015. She will receive an award of $10,000 to use toward law school tuition expenses.
Raised in Monterey Park, Calif., Ly is a first-year law student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a member of the class of 2015. She received a bachelor's degree in media studies from UC Berkeley in 2012. Ly's interest in the legal profession developed at a young age, stemming from the compassion she learned from her parents in helping others in the community who were facing socioeconomic challenges.
As a member of the AmeriCorps JusticeCorps, Ly has provided more than 300 hours of service to pro-se litigants at resource centers located at local Superior Courts, where she continues to volunteer her services during semester breaks. She hopes one day to work as a corporate attorney.
"Emily demonstrates exceptional leadership skills, academic distinction, commitment to community service and a passion for law that will facilitate her career in the field," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "The knowledge Emily has already acquired has benefitted those she has worked with as a volunteer, and I have no doubt that her expertise will only grow and benefit more people and organizations to come."
Open to U.S. citizens interested in a corporate law career, MCCA's Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program provides financial support for first-year law students who are pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. Program recipients receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school, with an opportunity to qualify for additional funding in each of the two following years of their law studies. In addition, MCCA offers mentoring opportunities for scholarship recipients and helps place them in paid summer internship positions with corporate law departments during the summer immediately following successful completion of their first year of law school. Each scholarship recipient also receives ongoing professional development.
"MCCA is very grateful to Robert Half Legal for its support of our Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program," said Joseph West, president and chief executive officer of MCCA. "This funding will assist Emily Ly during her first year of law school at UC Berkeley as she studies public policy and business law, and will ultimately help build a more diverse legal community."
About the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
MCCA instituted the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program in 2005 to help further diversity initiatives in the legal profession. Through this scholarship program, U.S. citizens who have been accepted to an ABA-accredited, U.S. law school, possess an undergraduate cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher, have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to diversity and need financial assistance, are eligible to receive scholarships to support their legal education and professional growth. This year, the program is recognizing a total of 15 law students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.
About Robert Half Legal
Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, paralegals and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. With North American and global locations, Robert Half Legal also offers managed review and e-discovery services. More information, including online job search services, can be found at www.roberthalflegal.com.
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