BLS student Yesenia Batista of the Class of 2009 will be awarded the DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship at the third annual DRI Diversity for Success seminar in Chicago on June 12 and 13. DRI is a national organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel, and the scholarship is one of only two $10,000 awards granted to applicants.
Currently working as a summer law clerk in Thompson Hine LLP’s New York office, Yesenia has been active in law student affairs at BLS. She was involved with the Legal Association of Women (LAW) and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She also worked with the Second Look Program investigating claims of innocence by prisoners whose appellate remedies have run their course, and in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project, where she analyzed women’s rights issues including domestic violence, employment discrimination and equal access to justice. Yesenia served as an intern for Judge Ronald L. Ellis (SDNY).