Charles J. Beard, II Diversity Fellowship

Charlie Beard FellowshipAs part of this long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are proud to sponsor a diversity fellowship for outstanding first-year law students from backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession. This fellowship is named in memory of our former partner, Charlie Beard, who was the first Black lawyer promoted to partner at a major Boston law firm.

Charlie, known for his wise counsel, humor and intellect, believed education held the key to personal development and success for young people. Therefore, it is particularly fitting to honor Charlie, a staunch advocate for cultural and racial diversity, with this fellowship.

Fellowship recipients receive a paid summer associate position in our Boston office and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award is paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate.

The DE&I Department hosts a professional development summer program called ELEVATE for summer fellows from programs such as The Charles Beard Fellowship, Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO), and Law in Tech Diversity Collaborative. Throughout the summer, we facilitate professional development brown bag lunches on topics ranging from networking, building your brand, mental health and resiliency practices, imposter syndrome, and additional related topics.

Learn more about Foley Hoag’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.