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Katten Awards 2006 Minority Scholarships to Chuoh Ngeh and Ferlillia Roberson

Firm News | January 22, 2007

CHICAGO - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that Chuoh B. Ngeh and Ferlillia V. Roberson have been selected as the 2006 recipients of the Katten Muchin Rosenman Minority Scholarships. Ms. Ngeh, a second-year student at Harvard Law School, and Ms. Roberson, a second year student at the Northwestern University School of Law, will each receive a $15,000 scholarship and participate in the Firm’s 2007 Summer Associate Program. Katten Muchin Rosenman awards its Minority Scholarships each year to two students who will be participating in the Firm’s Summer Associate Program.

Minority Scholarship recipients are selected based on superior academic achievement, extracurricular, civic and charitable activities, writing skills and leadership potential, as well as other qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding future contributions to Katten Muchin Rosenman and the legal profession.

"Chuoh’s and Ferillia’s consistently outstanding academic performance, combined with their extracurricular activities and community involvement, make them extremely worthy recipients of this year’s Minority Scholarships," said Leslie D. Minier a Katten partner and co-chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee. "Our dedication to building a diverse firm comprised of the most talented and committed individuals that the legal profession has to offer is unwavering. The Minority Scholarship Program, along with various other diversity initiatives, is instrumental in helping us meet this goal."

Ms. Ngeh is a May 2008 J.D. candidate and a member of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association, where she is a mentor to high school students in the Learning and Mentoring Program. She has also participated in the Recording Artists Project, the Transactional Practice Clinical Workshop, and is a member of the school’s Real Estate Breakfast Club. In addition, while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Ms. Ngeh co-founded the MRock Music and comedy Division of Big Ticket Productions, a student-run organization engaged in planning and hosting on-campus entertainment events. Ms. Ngeh graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with B.A.s in Communications Studies and Sociology.

Ms. Roberson is a candidate to receive her J.D. in May 2008 and is an American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholar, as well as a Foundation Scholar of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Ms. Roberson served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, in 2006. She is also co-chair of the Law Student Committee for the AIPLA, an active member of the Black Law Students Association, and a Teaching Assistant for Northwestern’s Civil Procedure I course. Upon entering the Illinois Institute of Technology, Ms. Roberson was one of only 100 students nationwide, selected from a pool of 250,000 applicants as a Coca-Cola Scholar. Ms. Roberson earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005.

Katten Muchin Rosenman is dedicated to the achievement and promotion of diversity within both the Firm and the broader legal community. The Firm's National Diversity Committee is designed to address the steps necessary to accelerate the process of building diversity at every level within the Firm. The Firm actively supports and promotes diversity within its workplace through various programs, including the Katten Muchin Rosenman Women's Leadership Forum, which fosters career development and advancement and provides support, mentoring and training programs for the Firm's female attorneys, and its Minority Associates Committee, which is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and promotion of minority associates at the Firm. The Firm was also a lead signatory to the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women "Call to Action" this past year and is actively involved in the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms. These initiatives, along with the Minority Scholarship Program, enable the Firm to better attract, retain, nurture and advance its attorneys at every level.

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