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2014 Class of Leads Fellows Begin at Franczek Radelet

This Innovative Diversity Pipeline Initiative is Not Your Typical Summer Associate Program
June 11, 2014

Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome its summer class of LEADS Fellows. In 2011, Franczek Radelet established this diversity pipeline initiative—the Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) fellowship program. Last week, the Firm welcomed Susan Esquivel and Nicholas Simpson as its third class of LEADS Fellows.

“As we prepared for our third class of Fellows, we looked to build on the success of the program with input from our first LEADS alumnus Sunghee Sohn, who joined the firm as an associate this Fall,” commented David P. Radelet, who spearheaded the creation and continued development of LEADS. “We still believe LEADS is unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure—an extensive learning curriculum that provides diverse law students with deep exposure to labor, employment, litigation, and employee benefits law.”

The LEADS program is an intensive eight week program designed for diverse first and second year law students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The program’s goal is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment in the legal profession.

Susan Esquivel, a 1L at University of Notre Dame Law School, is co-president of the Hispanic Law Students Association, founding co-president of the Education Law Forum, and a member of the Women’s Legal Forum and the Public Interest Law Forum. She earned her B.A. in political science with minor in Latino Studies from the University of Notre Dame. From August 2012 to September 2013, Susan was an AmeriCorps Member serving as a Youth Programs Coordinator at Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend, Indiana.

Nicholas Simpson is a 1L at DePaul University College of Law where he is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and its mock trial team. He earned his B.A. in political science from Southern Illinois University. Nicholas spent last summer in Washington, DC as an intern at the National Urban League Policy Institute. He founded Young Forever, a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. focused on mentoring and tutoring first through eighth graders in Carbondale middle schools.