Hurwitz Fine is welcoming several law school students to work in our Buffalo office to gain impactful experience through our Summer Law Clerkship. These law clerks will support the firm’s attorneys through research, writing projects, and case preparation.
In support of this initiative, last year, the Diversity Committee launched its Diversity Summer Clerkship Program. This program is intended to provide meaningful and hands-on private practice experience for law students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the legal profession. After a rigorous application and interview process, we selected two candidates that stood out as successful and accomplished soon-to-be lawyers.
We are excited to introduce all of our Summer Law Clerks:
Christopher Kolber is a third-year law student at UB and just completed the law school’s New York City Program on Finance and Law. He graduated summa cum laude from UB’s School of Management in 2020 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance. His past internship, externship, and practicum experience includes working at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Manhattan, the Buffalo Bills Stadium Project Practicum, the Entrepreneurship Law Center, Generation Sports Group, and Equitable Advisors.
Tabitha Salonen is a third-year law student at UB. She is a Buffalo Public Interest Dean’s Fellowship Award winner and a graduate of SUNY Brockport (B.S. in political science with a minor in criminal justice). Her past internships include working at the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.
Deja Graham will begin her second year of law school at UB in the Fall. She is a member of the Black Law Student Association and OUTLaw. Deja attended undergrad at the College of New Rochelle (B.A. political science, with history minor), where she played NCAA Div. III Women’s Soccer, was the Student Government Association Vice President, the Women’s Basketball Team Manager, and was voted Resident Assistant of the Year for two consecutive years. She also has extensive pre-law school experience working as a legal assistant and paralegal.
Jéla Paul will also be entering her second year of law school at UB in the fall. She is a member of the Black Law Student Association and is a 1L Section Representative. She graduated Summa Cum Laude (Daniel Acker Scholar) from UB with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in law. During her first year of law school, she worked as a Resident Advisor. During undergrad, she was a T.A. for Law 201 (Common Law), a volunteer with Every Bottom Covered (non-profit diaper bank) and the Herman Badillo Bilingual School.
We are thrilled to welcome these law clerks to the firm and look forward to seeing their growth.