Every year, Hurwitz & Fine welcomes several law students to work in our office and gain valuable insight into the inner workings of a law firm through our Summer Law Clerkship. On a day-to-day basis, these law clerks support the firm’s attorneys with a variety of tasks, including research, writing projects and case preparation.
Our firm places a special emphasis on diversity and inclusion initiatives. Earlier this year, the Diversity Committee established a dedicated Diversity Summer Clerkship Program. This program is intended to provide a 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 picked two candidates that stood out as successful and accomplished soon-to-be lawyers.
We are delighted to introduce our Diversity Summer Law Clerks & Summer Law Clerks:
Cristian Cruzado – Diversity Clerkship Program
Hired through our Diversity Clerkship Program is Cristian Cruzado.
Cristian spent last summer working in the New York State Supreme Court in Rochester, where he worked with Hon. Richard A. Dollinger analyzing and deciding on cases. While there, he also co-authored an article published in the Daily Record.
Cristian holds a bachelor’s from the College at Brockport and is currently studying at the University at Buffalo School of Law, with plans of graduation in 2022.
Deborah Amponsah – Diversity Clerkship Program
Also hired through our Diversity Clerkship program is Deborah Amponsah.
Deborah has been an extern at the US Attorney’s Office since January, working with Attorneys on case development and formation of legal strategy. She spent August through December of 2020 working as a student attorney at the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, where she advocated for low-income clients in family court matters.
Deborah holds a bachelor’s from the University at Buffalo and is currently studying at the University at Buffalo School of Law, with plans of graduation in 2022.
Hired through our Summer Law Clerkship Program is Evan Gestwick.
Evan is a mentor and ambassador for the University at Buffalo School of law, guiding and helping students navigate their first year in the program. He also assists with the execution of new student orientation week for incoming students.
He comes to us from attorney Dan D. Kohane’s Insurance Law class at the University of Buffalo Law School, where Evan showed a keen interest in insurance coverage. He has spent the last several months clerking at another local law firm, drafting various legal documents and working on several high-profile cases.
Evan holds a bachelor’s from the University at Buffalo and is currently studying at the University at Buffalo School of Law, with plans of graduation in 2022.
Richelle Kloch – Summer Clerkship Program
In addition to our new law clerks, we would also like to highlight Richelle Kloch, who has been working as a law clerk at Hurwitz & Fine since Fall of 2020. Richelle brings a passion of writing and research to the firm, having recently had her undergraduate senior thesis adapted into a paper and published in the American Behavioral Scientist.
Richelle is a member of UB Law’s trial team and a member of the Buffalo Law Review (BLR). She was recently promoted to a Note and Comment Editor at the BLR. Additionally, she is a class director for her 2L class in the Student Bar Association.
Richelle holds a bachelor’s from Niagara University and is currently studying at the University at Buffalo School of Law, with plans of graduation in 2022.
We are excited to welcome Cristian, Deborah, and Evan to the firm and are thrilled to have Richelle remain with us this summer.