Vinson & Elkins Awards Diversity Fellowships to 5 Students
Vinson & Elkins has awarded five second-year law students 2017 Diversity Fellowships. Recipients Debbie Farmer, Shelby Hart-Armstrong, Lauren Lundy, Elizabeth Matthews and Seth Yost were selected from nearly 100 candidates who applied from U.S. law schools.
fellow receives $12,000 and a clerkship as a V&E summer associate in the
firm’s Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Richmond, San Francisco or
Washington, D.C. offices following his or her second year of law school.
diversity pipeline efforts began in 1990 with scholarships for diverse high
school students. In 2007, the firm launched its Diversity Fellowship Program to
attract and retain the finest lawyers from all backgrounds and perspectives. Since the program’s inception, V&E has awarded 44 Fellowships to
underrepresented students, including racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ
Debbie Farmer is a second-year student at
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She received her B.A. in General Studies, summa
cum laude, from Southeastern Louisiana State University. Farmer is the
founder of A Affordable Bail Bonds, which has four U.S. offices with
$1 million in sales per year. Farmer will be a summer associate in V&E’s
Dallas office in May 2018.
Shelby Hart-Armstrong is a second-year student at Stanford
Law School. She received her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and Arabic
Language, higher distinction, from Duke University. Hart-Armstrong served as an
SEO law intern at another AmLaw 100 firm prior to law school. SEO – Sponsors
for Educational Opportunity – is a national pre-career program for
top-achieving students. Hart-Armstrong will be a summer associate in V&E’s Houston
office in May 2018.
Lauren Lundy is a second-year student at New York
University School of Law. She received her B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude,
from Auburn University. Lundy worked as a Campus Fellow for two years with
Impact Alabama SaveFirst before attending law school. She will be a summer
associate in V&E’s New York office in May 2018.
Elizabeth Matthews is a second-year student at UCLA School
of Law. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies, Departmental Honors, from
Brown University. Matthews was a collegiate swimmer at Brown and competed on
the Ivy Championship Team four years in a row. She was a Fulbright English
Teaching Assistant in Jinmen, Taiwan and worked at an immigration law firm
before starting law school. Matthews will be a summer associate in V&E’s
San Francisco office in May 2018.
“I am excited to be a V&E Fellow and spend the summer at a firm that is committed to diversity efforts,” said Matthews. “I look forward to learning about life at V&E and working with the wonderful people I have met so far.”
is a second-year student at University of Virginia School of Law. He received
his B.M. in Music Education and French Horn Performance with a 4.0 GPA from University of
Arkansas and attained his Master of Music from Southern
Methodist University in 2009. Before attending law school, Yost served as a Unit Leader in the Navy Band
Northwest. He will be a summer associate in
V&E’s Dallas office in May 2018.
humbled and honored to be chosen for a V&E Diversity Fellowship in the
Dallas office,” said Yost. “This opportunity to clerk for such an
outstanding firm will help me to gain the vital experience I need to be a
successful attorney after law school. The people at V&E have gone out of
their way to make me feel welcome and valuable and I am so excited for next
former Diversity Fellowship recipients currently practice full-time at V&E
including Olivia Wang (Energy Transactions), Bo Shi, Desi Baca and K.J.
Pedersen (all M&A/Capital Markets) and Caroline Stewart and Michelle
Arishita (both Commercial Litigation). Additionally, in September 2018, current
third-year law students and V&E Fellows Danial Abbasi, Eric Hernandez,
Arthur Munoz, Tukeni Obasi and Analiza Rodriguez will join V&E as
“Each year through our Fellowship program, we meet and hire some of the most talented and sought-after law students from across the country,” said Mark Kelly, V&E Chairman and head of the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. “It’s an opportunity for us to strengthen the firm with top legal talent.”