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Two Penn Law students win diversity scholarships from Morgan Lewis Foundation

August 07, 2019

Two Penn Law students, Esther Kang L’21, WG’21 and Bhavin Shah L’21, have been awarded Diversity Scholarships by the Morgan Lewis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established by global law firm Morgan Lewis & Blockius LLP.

Kang, originally from Marlboro, New Jersey, received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Rutgers University. At Penn, she is a joint JD/MBA student. Outside of the classroom, Kang is an Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Treasurer of the Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), the Vice President of Peer Engagement of Penn Business Law Association, and a member of the Penn Law Women’s Association. After graduation, Kang will practice corporate law in New York City, likely with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive the Morgan Lewis scholarship and am grateful for the firm’s generosity and devotion to diversity,” said Kang.

Shah is from Clifton, New Jersey and also received his B.A. from Rutgers, where he majored in Economics in and Political Science. He also holds an M.A. in Law and Governance from Montclair State University. At Penn Law, he is involved in several activities and organizations, including the Penn Law Bowling League. After graduation, he hopes to complete a federal court clerkship and then work toward partnership in a law firm.

“I am extremely honored to be awarded the Morgan Lewis Foundation Diversity Scholarship,” said Shah. “I’m grateful for being given the opportunity and support to reach my own professional goals while taking strides to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”

The scholarship typically provides $40,000 of financial support to each student, distributed in four installments at the beginning of each semester of the 2L and 3L years. This year’s other recipients of the scholarship include students from the University of Virginia Law School, NYU School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, Boston College Law School, the George Washington University Law School, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

“The next generation of leaders in the legal profession will implicitly understand the value diversity and inclusion brings to law firms, clients, and our communities,” said Amanda Smith, chief engagement officer and chair of the Morgan Lewis Foundation, in a press release. “By awarding these scholarships, we are supporting that next generation, no matter where they decide to practice.”