June 13, 2018 — Hughes Hubbard’s New York office hosted the 10th Annual Kickoff Reception for the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program at St. John’s University School of Law.

The program seeks to increase the diversity of the legal profession by preparing exceptional college students from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups for success in law school and beyond. The kickoff reception introduced students in this year’s junior class of the program to their attorney mentors from HHR, clients Merck and AXA Equitable, and other law firms and government agencies.

Nearly 100 supporters attended the June 5 reception. Julie Amadeo delivered welcome remarks on behalf of the firm. St. John’s law professor Elaine Chiu, who stepped down as director of the program and now serves as faculty director, introduced her successor, Kamille Dean, director of diversity and inclusion at St. John’s. Other speakers included Darryl Gibbs, associate general counsel at AXA; and Jodie Roure, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who praised the firm’s contributions to the program.  

Along with Amadeo, Diane Lifton and Caroline Parker-Beaudrias lead the firm’s partnership with the prep program. In addition to Lifton, Amadeo and Parker-Beaudrias, the following attorneys volunteered to serve as mentors: Ted Mayer, Patrice Jean, Sarah Cave, Dan Weiner, Ashley Hodges, Vanessa Woods, Hannah Miller, Nathan Cole, Anna Schuler, Olivia Bensinger, Scott Yakaitis, Elizabeth Beitler, Jack Kilgard, Andrew Bouriat, Pat Feeney, Brittney Cox and Joanne Liu. HHR alum Charles Huberty, who for several years led the firm’s efforts in the program, also attended. HHR attorneys who serve as mentors often continue to keep in touch with their mentees as they navigate law school and their professional careers.