August 19, 2008
AUGUST 13, 2008 –The Corporate Counsel Women of Color® recently awarded Cathy M. Leblanc, Tulane Law School JD Candidate 2009, with its first “My Life As a Lawyer™ Scholarship Award” in the amount of $10,000.00 for the 2008-2009 school year.
1L and 2L students who are enrolled in any accredited law school in the U.S. are eligible for one of thirteen My Life As a Lawyer™ scholarships, including ten (10) $1,000 scholarships, two (2) $5,000 scholarships, and one (1) $10,000 scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on an essay (not to exceed 450 words) detailing how they plan to use their legal education to foster diversity in the legal profession and in their community.
CCWC® Founder and CEO Laurie N. Robinson said the Counsel was most impressed with Leblanc’s credentials, ideas, plans and aspirations as indicated in her essay. “We feel secure in knowing that young women such as [Ms. Leblanc] are already in the pipeline and have an understanding that the need still exists for diversity in the profession,” said Robinson.
A Haitian immigrant in the height of illegal Haitian immigration, Leblanc knows first-hand of the many struggles women of color face. Those same battles, however, have made her the poised person she is today. “In my humble opinion, human monotony is quite bland, even though many people may find security and comfort in its uniformity,” writes Leblanc. “I, on the other hand, learned from a very early age that it is people’s differences from all walks of life that make life worthwhile.”
Aside from her award-winning essay, Leblanc’s involvement in and around Tulane's uptown campus is extensive. As director of the Tulane University Legal Assistance Program (TULAP) and chair of Tulane Law School’s Vis Arbitration Moot Court Team, she also serves as a student practitioner for Loyola University College of Law’s Immigration Clinic.
Concluding the letter of recognition Leblanc received, the Counsel wrote, “Accept this scholarship as affirmation of the belief we have in your potential to succeed in your endeavors and impact your school, community and future workplace.” It is difficult to think she will let anyone down.
“Throughout my life thus far, I have learned that the promotion of diversity is not loud or imposing. Rather, it is patient and inviting,” writes Leblanc. “I firmly intend to maintain this mantra and practice it in both my legal education and future profession.”
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Corporate Counsel Women of Color™ is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization of women attorneys of color who serve as general counsel, assistant general counsel, corporate counsel, in-house legal counsel, and in other capacities for Fortune 1000 companies, Forbes 2000 companies, not-for-profit corporations, and other entities in the United States of America and abroad.