Ropes & Gray Announces Seven Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholars
NEW YORK, — Ropes & Gray is proud to announce the selection of seven outstanding second-year law students as recipients of the 2020 Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship. This impressive group of scholars has demonstrated excellence in their studies, clerkships, business endeavors, pro bono legal service, and in taking visible civic leadership roles, including on diversity.
The seven scholarship recipients will each receive a $25,000 award to offset the expenses of their legal education. They will join the firm as summer associates in 2020, with two joining in New York, three in Boston, one in Chicago, and one in Washington, D.C.
Roscoe Trimmier Jr. was a celebrated trial attorney and longtime partner at Ropes & Gray. He was the firm’s first African-American partner and played a pioneering role in advancing Ropes & Gray’s diversity and inclusion efforts. The Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship was established in 2015 to commemorate his legacy as an accomplished litigator and business leader and to further advance diversity at the firm by attracting exceptional talent from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession. In five years, the firm has awarded 27 scholarships.
“The accomplishments of these exceptionally talented students speak volumes about their dedication to legal scholarship and their potential to excel in future professional endeavors, whether in business, civic or government roles and as leaders in our communities,” said Joan McPhee, a partner and co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s diversity committee.
“Our aim is to empower and encourage high-performing students of diverse backgrounds while honoring the legacy of Roscoe Trimmier, who himself was an exemplary litigator and leader,” said Leslie Spencer, a partner, and co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s diversity committee. “Roscoe’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment endures at Ropes & Gray. We work hard every day to ensure that diverse attorneys excel.”
“Ropes & Gray is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the law profession, including by offering the Trimmier Scholarship. The firm provides industry-leading professional development, mentorship and leadership programs to support attorneys with diverse backgrounds,” said Ropes & Gray’s chair-elect Julie Jones. “It’s impressive to see what this year’s recipients have already accomplished, and I look forward to watching their many successes over the years to come.”
The 2020 scholarship recipients – and short biographies that outline their accomplishments – are below.
🏆Alexandre Edde Diniz de Oliveira
Ropes & Gray is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for diversity overall, as well as with respect to minorities, LGBTQ individuals and women. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and family structures.
In the 2019 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray was ranked number eight for overall diversity, marking the 10th consecutive year that the firm has been ranked in the top 10. For the past 11 years, the firm received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.” Today, 45 percent of our lawyers – and 30 percent of the firm’s partners – are women, and that percentage continues to grow. They hold significant leadership positions at the firm, including Julie Jones, who will assume the role of chair on January 1, 2020.
About Roscoe Trimmier Jr.
Roscoe Trimmier Jr. practiced at Ropes & Gray for 35 years, from 1974 until his retirement in 2009, serving as chair of the litigation department and head of the environmental practice group. His professional distinctions include induction as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and recognition on lists of the Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Mr. Trimmier was a mentor to many young attorneys during his tenure and served on both the hiring and associates committees. An early leader of the firm’s highly regarded diversity efforts, Mr. Trimmier was a member of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Boston Bar Association, as well as one of the founders of the Boston Lawyers Group and chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.
Watch this video to learn more about Roscoe Trimmier Jr., the scholarship that carries forward his legacy of excellence, and the firm’s ongoing commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
About Ropes & Gray
Ropes & Gray is a preeminent global law firm with approximately 1,400 lawyers and legal professionals serving clients in major centers of business, finance, technology, and government. The firm has offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, and has consistently been recognized for its leading practices in many areas, including finance, private equity, M&A, capital markets, asset management, real estate, tax, antitrust, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation & enforcement, data, and business restructuring.Submit a Press Release