Kalish Bell ’12 has been awarded a 2011-2012 Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana, LLP Diversity Fellowship. This is the first year this fellowship has been awarded. Candidates were judged not only on their academic record, but on their demonstrated ability to “contribute meaningfully to the diversity of his or her law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community.” As part of his fellowship, Bell was hired as a law clerk at the firm’s Uniondale offices this fall and received a scholarship that was applied toward his law school tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Bell, who was an electrical engineer prior to law school, is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and his team placed first in the ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition in 2010. He hopes to graduate with certificates in business law and intellectual property law. This summer he worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner intern, and has also worked as a legal intern in the patent office of the Nielsen Company.
Bell said the experience at the firm has been very positive. “It has been a great opportunity to work with the various attorneys and be exposed to different practices of law at a full service firm. I also loved being a part of the camaraderie of the firm.”
The feeling was clearly mutual. Bell was invited to remain on at the firm for his spring semester.