Colorado State University - Pueblo alum, law student earns prestigious fellowship
PUEBLO – A 2005 Colorado State University-Pueblo alumnus has been named one of two third- year law students nationally to receive a $15,000 fellowship by LexisNexis and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).
Andrew C. Montoya, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2005 and is now a third-year law student at Florida Coastal School of Law, received a $15,000 LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Connected Fellowship, which was established to support the continued development of third-year law students as they approach graduation and enter the legal profession. The fellowship honors third-year law students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, community service and commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession.
Winners were selected through a competitive application process and review of each applicant's academic transcript, resume, and 750-word essay outlining their views on the importance of diversity, hopes for advancing diversity in the legal profession, and plans for using the fellowship money to assist each in reaching their goals upon graduation. The two winners were selected from among close to 300 applications received and will receive their $15,000 award this evening at a dinner in New York City, held in conjunction with the 10th annual MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference. The second winner was Michelle A. McLeod, from the University of Maryland School of Law.
"We are proud to join with the MCCA in honoring two very deserving students with the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Connected Fellowship Awards," said Phil Livingston, senior vice president of Global Client Development at LexisNexis and CEO of Martindale-Hubbell. "Our hope is that this program will support future leaders in their efforts to foster a legal industry-wide culture that values and promotes diverse backgrounds."
"MCCA is delighted to join LexisNexis in recognizing two outstanding third-year law students and through these $15,000 fellowships, make their pathway into the profession as diverse young lawyers a bit easier, particularly in these difficult economic times," said MCCA Executive Director Veta Richardson.
Montoya was raised in a traditional Mexican household that included several aunts and grandparents with physical and mental disabilities and is well aware of the discrimination and barriers disabled people face on a daily basis. After receiving his bachelor's degree from CSU-Pueblo in May of 2005, he began working for a grassroots disability rights organization called the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). Upon graduation from law school, Andrew will continue his work in public interest advocacy, providing legal services to CCDC.