Foley Hoag Selects Shania Bunbury and Iris Carbonel as 2020 Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship Recipients

July 29, 2020

Foley Hoag LLP has announced that Harvard Law School student Shania Bunbury and Columbia Law School student Iris Carbonel have been selected as the firm’s Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship recipients for 2020. The Fellowship, named in memory of Foley Hoag’s former attorney who was the first African-American promoted to partner at a major Boston law firm, is granted to outstanding first-year law students from backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession.

Beard, known for his wise counsel, intellect and humor, was a staunch advocate for cultural and racial diversity and believed education held the key to personal development and success for young people.

“We are very excited that Shania and Iris joined us this summer as our most recent Beard Diversity Fellows,” said Foley Hoag Co-Managing Partner and Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair Kenneth Leonetti. “The Fellowship is one of a number of initiatives that the firm has undertaken to develop the next generation of attorneys at the firm. Shania and Iris both exemplify the values that Charlie Beard represented, and their efforts in furthering social justice at such an early stage of their legal careers are admirable. We look forward to being a part of their future contributions to the legal profession and to society.”

Bunbury is entering her second year at Harvard Law School. She earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont. While in college, she served as a research assistant and composed a literature review on implicit racial bias in judicial decision-making and sentencing disparities in the criminal legal system.

“It is an honor to be a recipient of the Charles J. Beard, II Diversity Fellowship,” said Bunbury. “Mr. Beard's commitment to civil rights and racial equity lives on in Foley Hoag’s culture. My hope is to contribute a unique voice to the firm, rooted in my background and experiences, which demonstrates that same commitment lives on in me as well.”

Carbonel, who is entering her second year at Columbia Law School, earned a B.A. in Social Justice, Power Structures and the Politics of Race from New York University. During college, she was an investigative intern at the Legal Aid Society in New York City and an intern with Boston Lawyers Group for which she researched processes and regulations for obtaining appropriate student loan lender licenses in different states.

“I am happy to receive this year's Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship, along with Shania. I decided to become a lawyer because I wanted to be an advocate and a problem solver,” said Carbonel. “When deciding on a law firm, I looked for four criteria: diversity, social responsibility, training and professional development, and firm culture. Foley Hoag met my vision of what I was looking for in a workplace.”

For more information about the Charles J. Beard, II Diversity Fellowship, please click here.

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