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Vedder Thinking | News Jani Mikel Selected as 2016 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship Recipient

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The 2016 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship, which includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school–related expenses as well as a guaranteed position in the Vedder Price Summer Associate Program, has been awarded to Jani Mikel, a first-year law student at the University of Illinois.

“I’m extremely proud to have been chosen as the recipient of the Diversity Scholarship for 2016,” said Jani. “After attending the Vedder Price reception, I was impressed by the strength of the firm’s commitment not only to its clients but to its employees and attorneys. When you enter a professional field, you can be the best, brightest and most confident, but there are times when obstacles stand in your way. In my case, it’s being African American and a woman, but this scholarship allows me to enter at an even playing field, and I am very grateful for that.”

In just her first year attending the University of Illinois College of Law, Jani has been involved in different associations related to diversity. She was the fundraising committee chair for the Women in Law Society and webmaster for the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). “I get to use my love for technology as webmaster, so the BLSA has really allowed me to be diverse in my talents as well,” said Jani.

“We are very pleased to have selected Jani as our 2016 Diversity Scholar,” said Margo Wolf O’Donnell, Chair of the Vedder Price Diversity Committee. “Jani exemplifies exactly what we look for in a diversity scholar, and we are eager to have her join us as a summer associate.”

The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005. Eligible candidates are first-year law students enrolled at and attending one of the following Illinois law schools: the John Marshall Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois.

Vedder Price is an equal opportunity employer. Attorneys and staff members are recruited, retained and promoted regardless of their race, color, disability, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition or disability, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law.