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Stradley Ronon Joins Forces with The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia to Create New Diversity Scholarship

June 20, 2016
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PHILADELPHIA –Stradley Ronon and The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia are proud to announce the formation of a new scholarship program to identify, support and train exceptionally qualified diverse rising second-year law students. The Stradley/Barristers’ Association Diversity Scholarship will provide the recipient with a $5,000 scholarship and a paid nine-week position during the summer of 2017. The student’s summer will be split between Stradley Ronon and the legal department of firm client InterDigital, the in-house partner for the scholarship’s inaugural year.

The scholarship selection committee includes Stradley Ronon Partner Deborah Hong; InterDigital Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary Jannie Lau; and The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia President Shabrei Parker.

“Attracting and retaining diverse talent is of the utmost importance to Stradley Ronon, our clients and the legal industry as a whole,” said the firm’s chairman, William R. Sasso. “The selection committee recognizes the unique obstacles that diverse law students and young attorneys face, and we are personally invested in helping them succeed. It is our hope that this scholarship will help one of the many promising diverse law students jumpstart their legal career.”

The scholarship will provide the recipient with both firm and in-house experience, as well as training on legal research and writing, an understanding and observation of legal proceedings and business transactions, and ongoing mentoring and support from members of the selection committee. The recipient will also be eligible for post-graduate employment with Stradley Ronon.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a rising second-year student at an ABA accredited law school and must have an exceptional academic record. They must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a student member of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, and interested in practicing law in the greater Philadelphia area.

Stradley Ronon maintains a strong commitment to fostering diversity and full and equal participation inclusion of diverse attorneys. The firm has a long and proud history of supporting diverse attorneys and diversity initiatives, including being a founding member of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG), an organization of law firms and corporate counsel promoting minority-lawyer hiring and retention in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Stradley Ronon’s Diversity Committee, chaired by Counsel Brian Seaman, is committed to increasing the number of diverse attorneys who have been historically underrepresented, and who continue to be underrepresented, at law firms.

About Stradley Ronon
Counseling clients since 1926, Stradley Ronon has helped private and public companies – from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations – achieve their goals by providing pragmatic, value-driven legal counsel. With offices in eight strategic locations, our responsive team of more than 200 attorneys seamlessly addresses the full spectrum of our clients’ needs, ranging from sophisticated corporate transactions to complex commercial litigation.

About the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
Established in 1950, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc.’s purpose, then and now, has been to address the professional needs and development of Black lawyers in the City of Philadelphia through programs such as seminars, cultural events and publications. The Barristers’ Association provides programming, outreach and education for lawyers, jurists, law students and the Greater Philadelphia community at-large.

About InterDigital
InterDigital develops technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index. InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc. For more information, visit:
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