Yale New Haven Health System and Wiggin and Dana Announce Diversity Scholar Program for Law Students

December 21, 2010

New Haven - Yale New Haven Health System, and the law firm of Wiggin and Dana LLP, are pleased to announce their collaboration in offering a diversity scholar program for a first-year law student.

The Yale New Haven Health System/Wiggin and Dana Diversity Scholar Program will offer a split summer opportunity for a law student who will have, by the summer of 2011, completed the first year of law school.

"Our health system provides services to patients in diverse communities," said William J. Aseltyne, Vice President and General Counsel, Yale New Haven Health System. "Our new diversity scholar program will foster diversity within the health law bar and enhance the ability of our own legal office to better serve Bridgeport, Greenwich and Yale-New Haven Hospitals."

The student will spend the first four weeks of this eight-week program at the New Haven office of Wiggin and Dana and the second four weeks working in the Yale New Haven Health System Legal and Risk Services Department. The position is intended to provide broad exposure to a wide variety of legal issues, including multiple aspects of health care law.

"Wiggin and Dana is excited about this new program and working with The Yale New Haven Health System in promoting diversity in the legal profession," comments Wiggin and Dana's Diversity Committee Chair, Bethany Appleby. "Our program will give our candidate the experience of a summer associate program and also offer experiences in the two different legal environments of a law firm and a hospital, which we believe is a unique and valuable combination."

The Yale New Haven Health System/Wiggin and Dana Diversity Scholar Program is committed to promoting diversity in the health law profession. Qualified students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Diversity is a broad concept that includes but is not limited to race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic and/or veteran status.

Students who are authorized to work in the United States, and who will have completed their first year of law school by the summer of 2011, are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a strong academic record and writing skills, as well as an interest in learning about health care law.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, a writing sample, a reference letter, and a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the program. Application materials should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] by January 15, 2011.