LAW WEEK COLORADO
The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Association of Corporate Counsel – Colorado Chapter and the Pledge to Diversity Legal Group, in partnership with Kaplan Bar Review, announced today the recipients of the 2016 Colorado Diversity Bar Exam Scholarship: Brandon Archuleta and Andres Murguia, third year law students at the University of Colorado Law School.
The scholarship includes the cost of a Kaplan PMBR course and the fee for the Colorado Bar Examination. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote an inclusive and accepting Colorado legal community that is rich in diversity. Candidates included those underrepresented in the legal community and those who have demonstrated a history of furthering the goals of diversity and inclusiveness.
CLI’s Scholarship Committee, a diverse group of legal professionals from CLI, ACC-CO and the Pledge Group selected the winners. In his application, Archuleta expressed plans to use his “privilege as an attorney to help create a more diverse and inclusive legal community, and to [reach] back to help diverse students who question whether they can really become lawyers.”
Meshach Rhoades, partner at Armstrong Teasdale, and Chair of CLI’s Board of Directors, said “Brandon is an asset to the legal community as a law student, and I am certain he will continue to thrive as an attorney. We are thrilled he is a Diversity Bar Exam Scholarship recipient and that his diligence and tenacity throughout his career will be rewarded.”
In his application, scholarship recipient Murguia highlighted that he has learned that “incremental change can make a larger, meaningful impact on the lives of others.”
SuSaNi Harris, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence at CU Law, as well as a CLI board member, said “Andres has worked hard throughout law school and, all the while, has remained the kind of person who understands the importance of professionalism in the legal profession. He is truly a worthy recipient.”