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Fellowship in Law Recipients Recognized

August 01, 2009

Godfrey & Kahn is pleased to announce the 2009 Marquette University Fellowship in Law recipient, Rebeca Lopez. Lopez is the fourth recipient of the Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship in Law at Marquette University. She graduated fromMarquette University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Spanish Language and Literature. In 2007, she also received a Latino Non-profi t Leadership Certifi cate from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In 2008, Lopez was recognized by Aqui Milwaukee Magazine (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) as one of the Top 10 Latinos Under 30.

In 2004, Godfrey & Kahn established a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School to provide recipients with a full-tuition law school scholarship, along with mentoring from Godfrey & Kahn attorneys. In 2006, Godfrey & Kahn established a second fellowship at Marquette University Law School. Recipients are also offered a position as a summer associate at the fi rm following their fi rst and second years of law school.

The selection of fellowship recipients are mutually determined by Godfrey & Kahn and the participating universities and designed to promote diversity within the law school student body. The program is part of Godfrey & Kahn's ongoing diversity initiatives.

"We are pleased to offer these programs to law school students. We strongly believe in fostering a fi rm-wide culture that values and promotes attorneys and staff of diverse backgrounds. The recipients are talented and hard-working students and we are delighted to help them prepare for their future in law," said Rick Bliss, managing partner of Godfrey & Kahn.

This year, the 2008 Fellowship in Law recipients, Dotun Obadina, Marquette University Law School; and Martina Gast, University of Wisconsin Law School, joined Godfrey & Kahn for the fi rm's 2009 summer associate program.

Dotun Obadina, a second-year law school student, is the third recipient of the Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship in Law at Marquette University. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where he majored in political science and minored in criminal justice. Obadina graduated magna cum laude and made Dean's List during his fi rst year of law school.

Martina Gast, a second-year law school student, is the fourth recipient of the Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship in Law at the University of Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a bachelor's degree, with distinction, in anthropology and a certifi cate in American Indian Studies.

"In law school, there is an emphasis on the theory of law. Students spend hours grappling with the law conceptually. While this is essential to being a competent practicing attorney, in a law fi rm you are faced with translating and applying those concepts to the everyday experiences of your clients." -Martina Gast

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