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May 31, 2011

Sixth Annual Young Lawyers Division Diversity Scholarship Reception, June 16

The co-president of the Latin American Law Students Association at Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law; a member of the 2010-11 Temple American Inn of Court; the business and marketing editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion; the recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Foundation's Scholarship; and one of Pennsylvania's first South Asian emergency medical services chief officers will each be honored at the YLD's sixth annual Diversity Scholarship Reception, Thursday, June 16 at Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar (Upstairs), 1904 Chestnut St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sophia Lee, Chief Counsel in Litigation at Sunoco, Inc. and the Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will deliver the keynote remarks. The event is co-hosted by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association.

Registration is required for this free event, which includes food and drinks. Click here.

Each year, the Young Lawyers Division presents five, $500 scholarships to select local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service and commitment to the Philadelphia area. The YLD Cabinet and YLD Executive Committee liaisons to Philadelphia's minority bar associations select the scholarship winners from submitted applications.

This year's scholarship winners are: Tanishka V. Cruz, nominated by the Hispanic Bar Association; Sammetria L. Goodson, nominated by the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter; Jacquie T. Huynh-Linenberg, nominated by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA; Sean-Tamba Matthew, nominated by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia; and Muthuramanan "Ramana" Ramaswaran, nominated by the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia.

Tanishka V. Cruz is a third-year law student at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, where she serves as co-president of the Latin American Law Students Association and a lead editor of Drexel Law Review. She is also a full-time law clerk for the Sachs Law Group, LLC in Philadelphia and previously served as a judicial intern in the chambers of the Honorable M. Teresa Sarmina of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Taniska is committed to community service and recently volunteered with the 2011 Pennsylvania Migrant Farm Workers Tax Clinic and as a Fellow with the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. She intends to pursue a career in immigration law with the goal of specializing in deportation defense cases.

Sammetria Goodson is a recent graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she served on the Executive Committee of the Black Law Students Association, as a member of the ABA Client Counseling Competition Planning Committee, and as a student member of the Faculty Hiring Committee. Sammetria was also an Academic Core Enrichment Counselor to first year students, a BLSA mentor to lower-division students, a member of the 2010-11 Temple American Inn of Court, and a member of the Christian Legal Society. Sammetria served in Temple's Elderly Law Project Clinical program and as an official poll watcher, a student marketing liaison for the North Philadelphia Arts & Culture Alliance, and a member of the Sharon Baptist Church Legal Ministry. Sammetria interned at Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the City of Philadelphia Law Department.

Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg is a third-year law student at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. She earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems and International Business from Drexel University and an M.B.A in New Ventures and Entrepreneurship from Pennsylvania State University. Jacquie is heavily involved with diversity initiatives and, during the 2010-11 school year, served as the president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Environmental Law Society, and as an auction co-chair for the Association for Public Interest Law at Rutgers. She currently serves as the Business and Marketing Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion and provides pro bono services to the Financial Literacy Project and Voters' Rights Project. This summer, Jacquie will be a legal intern with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia.

Sean-Tamba Matthew recently completed his first year at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Penn, Sean worked as a summer intern for Penn's Fox Leadership Program where he co-developed the Big Brother Big Sisters/St. Francis DeSales Financial Literacy Program. Sean spent two years working at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA as a Fellow and has continued his participation with Big Brothers Big Sisters at Temple as a Mentor. He is active in the Black Law Student Association, the Student Public Interest Network, and will serve as the co-vice president of the Business Law Society next year. Last year, Sean was a recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Foundation's Scholarship. This summer, he will work as a Summer Law Clerk at Regional Housing Legal Services.

Muthuramanan "Ramana" Rameswaran recently completed his first year at Temple University Beasley School of Law and is currently a summer associate with Page, Wolfberg, & Wirth in Mechanicsburg, Pa. At Temple Law, he serves on the executive boards of the South Asian Law Student Association and the Health Law Society. He also serves as the student representative to the law school's Faculty Curriculum Committee. Prior to law school, Rameswaran attended medical school, worked at two local Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies and served as one of the commonwealth's first South Asian emergency medical services chief officers. Rameswaran is a long-time resident of the Philadelphia region who continues to serve as a merit badge counselor for his old Boy Scout troop, as well as Parliamentarian of his local ambulance company.

Sophia Lee is responsible for managing Sunoco's portfolio of nationwide litigation, including commercial, environmental, insurance, toxic tort, personal injury and products liability matters. She is also involved in the development of litigation policies and best practices.

Prior to joining Sunoco, Lee was a member of the litigation department at Reed Smith LLP and the labor and employment department at Blank Rome LLP. She also served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the late Honorable James McGirr Kelly, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Active in Philadelphia's civic and charitable communities, Lee serves as Vice Chair of the Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs and on the boards of Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Women's Law Project. With her chef-husband, Michael O'Halloran, Ms. Lee is co-owner of Bistro 7, a contemporary French restaurant located in Old City Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Business Journal has recognized Ms. Lee as a 2010 Minority Business Leader. Lee is also Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Lee received her J.D. and LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society. She received her B.A. in English from Cornell University.

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