DIVERSITY CLERKSHIP PROGRAM
Five law students from throughout the country are working in the Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery this summer as part of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program. Designed to increase the diversity of lawyers in the field of business law, the program gives special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages to becoming a law student, such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments. The program provides support and mentoring to the student participants in order to give them exposure to business practices and increase their interest in the field. This summer, Delaware is hosting five of the nine students in the program nationally, with three in the Supreme Court and two in the Court of Chancery.
For the three students working in the Supreme Court, the summer has presented an exciting opportunity to work directly with Chief Justice Myron T. Steele on many appellate matters, including business issues, of national importance. The two students who are clerking for Vice Chancellor Parsons are also gaining business-related experience in the fast-paced environment of the Court of Chancery. According to Cori Harvey, who is working in the Court of Chancery, “working in the Court of Chancery is providing me with the opportunity to have an inside view of the most prestigious business court in the nation and to observe the best attorneys from throughout the world present their cases.” Thanks to her experience this summer, she is also, for the first time, considering a career in Delaware.
In addition to their experiences in the courts, the students have the opportunity to participate in discussion sessions on emerging business issues and to become part of a mentoring network of current and former participants. Participants in the program are: Supreme Court: Aydin Bonabi of Stetson University College of Law; Nicole J. Cannizzaro, William Boyd School of Law; and Peter Vignier, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Court of Chancery: Wan Ying Bin, George Washington University Law School and Cori Harvey, Rutgers School of Law-Camden.