Susman Godfrey is delighted to announce the 2023 Susman Godfrey Prize winners: 12 law school students of color who have demonstrated academic excellence and overall achievement. The Prize is open to students of color who are finishing their first or second year of law school. Winners are awarded $3,000 and an offer for a 2024 summer clerkship (accepting the summer clerkship is not a requirement).

The Prize was launched in 2021 as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to enhance diversity in the legal profession and within the firm. Our ultimate goal is to increase the pipeline of diverse attorneys interested in civil trial litigation.

To be considered, a student must be nominated by a law school professor or administrator. Nominees are evaluated based on their respective resumes, transcripts and letters of recommendation. After narrowing down the group of many nominees to a group of 26 Finalists, 12 winners were selected after having a virtual interview with SG lawyers.

“We are thrilled to recognize this group of incredibly talented and inspiring law students,” said Susman Godfrey co-Managing Partner Kalpana Srinivasan. “We hope the SG Prize can continue to expand the pipeline of diverse lawyers interested in trial practice and civil litigation.”

Susman Godfrey’s other co-Managing Partner Vineet Bhatia adds, “We hope their experience winning the Susman Godfrey Prize is a rewarding first step in their career journey.”

Click here to meet the 2023 Susman Godfrey Prize Winners. They include:

  • Nurain Ali, 1L, University of Houston Law School
  • Kevin Baisden,1L Yale Law School
  • Rachel Baker, 2L, Yale Law School        
  • Harry Bassi, 1L, Berkeley Law School
  • Robert Clinton, 2L, Harvard Law School
  • Jonathan Epps, 2L, Yale Law School
  • Dalaal Jaber, 1L, UCLA Law School
  • Christopher Kim, 2L, NYU School of Law
  • Felicia L Reyes, 2L, Columbia Law School
  • Weiyuan ("Circle") Robie, 1L, University of Texas Law School
  • Cat Yue Xu, 2L, Stanford Law School
  • Shireen Younus, 2L, Columbia Law School