Howard University School of Law students Trea Harris, 3L, and Patricia Adekunle, 2L, are two of 18 recipients of this year’s Roscoe Trimmer Jr. Diversity Scholarships, a coveted honor offered by Ropes & Gray to law students for their exemplary classroom, experiential, and extracurricular pursuits.
The scholarship, which has been presented by Ropes & Gray since 2015 and now numbers 45 recipients, honors the memory of Roscoe Trimmer Jr., an accomplished trial lawyer, the firm’s first African American partner, and a pioneering leader of its diversity and inclusion efforts.
Harris and Adekunle, whose accomplishments are many, will each receive a $25,000 award to offset the expenses of their legal education.
At Howard law, Harris is a Merit Scholar, and serves on the Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review as executive notes and comments editor. Harris is an orientation leader, volunteer for the Thurgood Marshall Academy, and a member of the Black Law Students Association. She was a summer associate for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and legal intern for the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission. Also, Harris played a critical role in carrying out a comprehensive public relations campaign for March for Our Lives, a national organization aimed at decreasing gun violence. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in communications from University of Miami.
Adekunle is a member of the Business Law Society and Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review, the mentorship committee director for 1L Orientation, and lead teaching assistant for Contracts. Also, she is a student attorney for the Child Welfare Clinic, providing direct legal advice to parents who lost their children due to state intervention. Adekunle was previously a summer associate at a well-established firm and LabCorp, where she conducted research on FDA matters encompassing pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare regulations, and health data privacy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Temple University.
The scholarship underscores Ropes & Gray’s commitment to attract and support the next generation of diverse lawyers.