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About the American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Law Section Diversity Stipend Program

The mission of the ABA Antitrust Law Section Diversity Stipend Program is to encourage law students from diverse and underrepresented groups who have an interest in antitrust, consumer protection, or privacy law to pursue public interest internships.

Diverse second-year law (2L) students attending an ABA-accredited law school are eligible to apply for a $5,000 stipend upon their acceptance to a Summer 2024 internship at a qualified federal agency or a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization in the areas of antitrust, consumer protection, or privacy law.

Qualified internships include the

  • Federal Trade Commission
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Progressive Policy Institute
  • The Future of Privacy Forum
  • American Antitrust Institute
  • Public Knowledge
  •  OpenTech Alliance

The program is not based on financial need. Rather, the applicant’s personal and educational background, personal statement, and participation in community service activities will be considered in selecting the recipients of the Stipend Program.

Requirements for Eligibility

To be eligible to receive an ABA Antitrust Law Section Diversity Stipend, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must be enrolled on an at least part-time basis at an ABA-accredited law school and have completed the first year of law school.
  2. The applicant must be considered a diverse law student, which is a student that is a member of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession as well as a student with disabilities and/or a student who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  3. The applicant must have accepted a Summer 2024 internship with a Washington, D.C.- based federal government agency or non-profit organization (“Host Organization”) focusing on antitrust, consumer protection, or privacy law. Students who do not report to their Host Organization or who do not complete their internship will be required to return all or a proportional amount of the Stipend Program funds.
  4. Stipend Program recipients will need to join the ABA Antitrust Law Section as a member, which is free for law students.
  5. Stipend Program recipients will be required to attend a Spring curriculum course and participate in the Section’s mentoring program.

Resources and Services Provided to the Fellows

The ABA Antitrust Law Section will host a Spring curriculum program providing students with an introduction to antitrust, consumer protection, and privacy law and policy, and access to mentors from its membership.

Application Form

Download the application form here.

Application Requirements

Applications and all accompanying material MUST be received by April 1st, 2024. Application should be transmitted via email in a single PDF to Becky Lehner at [email protected]. Applications that are incomplete or received after March 1, 2024, will not be considered. There is no application fee. The following documents are required to be submitted:

  • Completed 2024 Diversity Stipend Program Law Student Application Form
  • Offer Letter from the Host Organization
    • Including the dates and location of the internship on official letterhead.
  •  Resumé (no more than 2 pages)
    • Including educational background, employment history, and community service activities.
  • Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Personal Statement
    • Please limit your personal statement to 500 words. Your personal statement is your opportunity to express your interest in antitrust, consumer protection and/or data privacy, and include information that the application form does not convey and that you feel will assist us in reaching a thoughtful decision on your application. Examples of such information include a description of your personal strengths, your contributions through community service, a description of any special or unusual circumstances that may have affected your academic performance, or your personal and family history of educational or socio- economic disadvantage. While this list is not all-inclusive, we offer it for you to consider the types of information that may be useful in evaluating your application.
  • Release Form
  • Please do not send any collateral materials, such as articles, etc., outside of those required above.
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation is optional
    • The letter may come from a former employer, supervisor of significant public service work, a professor, or mentor.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) a secured internship with a qualified employer (see website); (2) personal statement; (3) extracurriculars; and (4) compliance with these Rules.  The entries will be judged anonymously by a committee comprised of members of the Section’s substantive committee that sponsored the competition theme. Winning selections will be made by the committee. The Section Director will notify the winners by email of their selection no later than May 1, 2024. The Section reserves the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year. If a potential winner does not respond within ten (10) business days after ABA’s first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.

PRIZES:  The recipients will receive a $5,000 cash stipend. The winners will be announced on the Section’s website. Recipients must submit a completed W-9 to receive their cash prize. The full fair market value of the prize will be reported on a 1099 form. Winners are responsible for all taxes in connection with receiving a prize.

LAWS AND REGULATIONS: This program is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the program shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and releases and discharges the ABA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Sponsor”) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this program, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims”). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Sponsor of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this program and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail or email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the program if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

PRIVACY POLICY/DATA COLLECTION: Information provided by entrants in connection with this program is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://www.americanbar.org/utility/privacy.html

SPONSOR: American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

Questions about the Program can be directed to Becky Lehner at [email protected].

2023 Recipients

Kabbas Azhar
Boston University School of Law
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Cambridge, MA
Kabbas Azhar is a rising 3L at Boston University School of Law, currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kabbas will explore the intersection of privacy and civil liberties at EPIC this summer.

Arianna Chen
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Federal Trade Commission
San Jose, CA
Arianna is a rising 3L at Berkeley Law. She was previously a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission and is excited to be returning to their SF office this summer as a legal intern. Last summer she externed for Judge Cousins in the Northern District of California.

Stephannie Chen
Stanford Law School
United States Department of Justice-Antitrust Division
Fairfax, VA
Stephannie is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. She grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and attended Cornell University where she studied Industrial and Labor Relations as well as Economics and Business. Prior to coming to law school, Stephannie worked in management consulting on M&A and Strategy engagements across a variety of industries.

Andrew Fitch
Columbia Law School
Open Markets Institute
New York, NY
Andy Fitch is a Columbia Law student, and this summer will be the Louis Brandeis Law and Political Economy Fellow at Open Markets Institute. Prior to pursuing a career in antitrust law and climate policy, Fitch was a Creative Writing professor and department chair, publishing numerous conversations with congress members, agency heads, and legal theorists.

Jordan Griffin
American University, Washington College of Law
United States Department of Justice-Antitrust Division
Herdon, VA
Jordan Griffin is a rising 3L at American University Washington College of Law. He is a military veteran and Virginia native currently residing in Herndon, VA with his wife (Sujin) and two children (Jaiden and Thalia).

Eric Pardo
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Federal Trade Commission
Gainesville, FL
Eric is a rising 3L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He previously served as an Honors Paralegal with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition and received his BA from University of Maryland in 2016.

Deleram Rezaeikhonakdar
Penn State Dickinson Law
Future Privacy Forum
Delaram Rezaeikhonakdar is currently an S.J.D candidate (Class of 2025) at Penn State Dickinson Law. Her research focuses on the legal obstacles to transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States as well as the privacy and liability concerns when it comes to integrating AI/ML in the healthcare industry.

Gabriel Robertson
GMU Antonin Scalia Law School
Federal Trade Commission
Washington, DC
I have just completed my second year of Law School (George Mason University) where I am the President of BLSA (Black Law Students Association) and a Member of JLEP (Journal of Law, Economics & Policy). I am a BSc Economics Graduate and will be interning at the Federal Trade Commission this summer.

Oscar Rodas-Falla
GMU Antonin Scalia Law School
American Antitrust Institute
Washington, DC
Oscar Rodas-Falla is California native who attends George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in the D.C. area.