Foley Hoag Announces 2021 Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship Recipients

July 29, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP has announced that Daniel Carlston, Fatima Elmansy and Kenny Peralta have been selected as the firm’s Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship recipients. The Fellowship, named in memory of partner Charlie Beard, who was the first Black lawyer to be named a partner at a major Boston law firm, is granted to outstanding first-year law students from backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession.

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

“We are pleased to welcome Daniel, Fatima and Kenny to the esteemed ranks of our Beard Diversity Fellows,” said Kenneth Leonetti, Foley Hoag Co-Managing Partner and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair. “This Fellowship means a great deal to the firm, and is one of a number of initiatives designed to enhance diversity and foster a climate of inclusiveness for the next generation of attorneys at Foley Hoag.”

Daniel Carlston’s background studying cognitive and brain science at Tufts University has inspired him to explore the intersection between psychology and law at Columbia Law School. Carlston aspires to learn more about immigration and the social justice system.  He hopes to make an impact in his community by opening doors for underrepresented and marginalized groups, helping to make their voices heard.

Fatima Elmansy received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College, where she studied Political Science. She discovered her affinity for advocating at a young age, and later became a passionate community organizer. During her time at Boston University School of Law, Elmansy has become involved with multiple student groups including the International Refugee Assistance Project, which she credits with deepening her interest in human rights beyond borders. She plans to maintain a community-centered approach to her career in law. 

Kenny Peralta graduated cum laude from the University of New Haven after serving as a United States Marine. Peralta’s ambition to study law stems from the lawyer who helped his family pro bono following a domestic violence incident when he was a child. While studying at the University of Connecticut School of Law, he plans to pursue criminal law and use his position to lift up as many others as he can. 

For more information about the Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship, please click here. To read more about the experiences of the 2021 Fellowship recipients, please view interviews with Daniel Carlston, Fatima Elmansy and Kenny Peralta

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