Howard Law Student Awarded Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship


Ropes & Gray, a one of the nation’s leading law firms for diversity, has selected 2L Howard University School of Law student Aysha Thompson as one of seven outstanding law students to receive the 2020 Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship. Each scholar will receive a $25,000 award to offset the expenses of their legal education. They will join the firm as summer associates in 2020, with two joining in New York, three in Boston, one in Chicago, and one in Washington, DC.

Roscoe Trimmier Jr. was a celebrated trial attorney and longtime partner at Ropes & Gray. He was the firm’s first African-American partner and played a pioneering role in advancing Ropes & Gray’s diversity and inclusion efforts. The Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship was established in 2015 to commemorate his legacy as an accomplished litigator and business leader, and to further advance diversity at the firm by attracting exceptional talent from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession. In five years, the firm has awarded 27 scholarships.

“The accomplishments of these exceptionally talented students speak volumes about their dedication to legal scholarship and their potential to excel in future professional endeavors, whether in business, civic or government roles and as leaders in our communities,” said Joan McPhee, a partner and co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s diversity committee.

Thompson is a staff editor for the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review, a candidate for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Program, Parliamentarian for Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Inc., and a student attorney in the Child Welfare Clinic where she represents parents on child abuse and neglect allegations. During her 1L summer, Aysha was a judicial intern for Judge George L. Russell, III in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. In that role, she drafted bench memoranda and letter orders on procedural disputes, analyzed briefs, and revised clerks’ memoranda. Previously, she served as a student intern, then judicial assistant for Judge Lisa Woodruff-White in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish. During that time, Aysha scheduled hearings and trials, prepared dockets, and trained other judicial assistants.