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Archer & Greiner establishes diversity scholarship at Seton Hall law school

Archer & Greiner has established a diversified scholarship with Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, the company announced December 13.

Preference will be given to the scholarship for diverse students who demonstrate how they have overcome adversity in their lives with a short essay. First-year law students can apply, and the winners will be selected before the start of the second year.

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to participate in the Archer Summer Associate Internship Program upon completion of their second year of law school, providing them with real-world experience working with attorneys, staff and clients.

Some summer fellows are hired as junior lawyers.

According to the firm, the creation of the Archer & Greiner PC Diversity Scholarship is an important initiative to ensure the diversity of the legal profession and to help cultivate a culture within the legal profession where all talented contributors can succeed in the long term.

“We are excited to partner with Seton Hall Law School, whose many alumni work at Archer, and are thrilled to sponsor this scholarship,” said Christopher Gibson, President of Archer, in a prepared statement. “Through efforts like this we hope to continue to keep diversity and inclusion front and center as we work toward a profession that is more representative of the communities we serve.”

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Seton Hall Law School Dean Kathleen Buzang said the university “takes a holistic approach to diversity and equality” and that “the question infuses every decision we make.”

According to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Lawyer Profession Profile, 86% of lawyers are non-Hispanic white, while only 60% of the country’s population is non-Hispanic white.

While 13.4% of the US population is black, only 5% of all lawyers are black, the same percentage as 10 years ago, the American Bar Association reported. By comparison, 5% of all lawyers are Hispanic, slightly more than 10 years ago, but 18.5% of the country’s population is Hispanic. 2 percent of all lawyers are Asian, up slightly from 10 years ago, but nearly 6 percent of the US population is Asian.

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