Michael Oshima Diversity Essay Competition Winners
The Michael Oshima Diversity Essay Competition was established this year by the Committee on Minorities in the Profession. Mr. Oshima, who was Chair of the committee until his untimely passing in 2008, dedicated much of his legal career to ensuring that the legal profession remains diverse and open to all people no matter their race, ethnic or national origin, sex or sexual orientation. The Competition was open to second year law students from minority or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds who are attending New York City area law schools.
The Committee has announced that the winners of the Competition are: Abraham S. Cho, Columbia University School of Law, first place; Evelyn M. Perez, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, second place, and Jonathan E. Barbee, New York University School of Law (Michael's alma mater) and Atinuke O. Awoyomi, Columbia University School of Law, tied for third place. The applicants wrote about whether diversity will or should impact their approach to the practice of law and about how to promote civility among lawyers.