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Foley Hoag Announces 2022 Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship Recipients

September 01, 2022

Foley Hoag LLP has announced that Deborah Williams, KD Harbeck and Tonny Mugisha have been selected as the firm’s 2022 Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship recipients. The program is named in memory of Charlie Beard, a longtime Foley Hoag partner and the first Black partner at a major Boston law firm. The Fellowship 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 staunch advocate for cultural and racial diversity and believed education held the key to personal development and success for young people.

“It’s our great pleasure to welcome Deborah, KD and Tonny to the distinguished family of Charles Beard Diversity Fellows,” said Jeffrey Collins, Foley Hoag Managing Partner. “This fellowship is an important initiative at Foley Hoag as part of our diversity, equity and inclusion program.  Dating back to when Charlie joined the firm decades ago, Foley Hoag has been a trailblazer and leader for diversity in the legal profession, and that will remain a crucial aspect of our firm’s culture in the future.”

Deborah Williams graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Political Science in 2020, and currently attends the Boston University School of Law. A former president of the Students Against Sexual Assault nonprofit, Williams aims to use her legal background to continue advocating for sexual assault victims and lift up underrepresented communities.

KD Harbeck graduated from New York University, Gallatin School with Honors in 2019, and currently attends the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. While at Foley Hoag, Harbeck gained exposure to a variety of legal practices including global health, global business, human rights, and capital markets. Harbeck says his time at the firm helped him narrow down what he is interested in pursuing after law school, to business, corporate, or licensing law.

Tonny Mugisha graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, earning Second Class Honors in 2013, and currently attends Boston College Law School. After working for a non-profit in Somalia for years, Mugisha decided to go to law school to fulfill his dream of influencing local legislation and ultimately improving the lives of those living in developing African countries.

For more information about the Charles J. Beard II Diversity Fellowship, please click here. To read more about the experiences of the 2022 Fellowship recipients, please view interviews with Deborah Williams, KD Harbeck and Tonny Mugisha.

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