As part of our ongoing commitment to promote inclusion and diversity within the legal profession, we are proud to award Crystal Peralta the 2019 Honorable Walter R. Stone Diversity Fellowship. The Fellowship awards a second-year law school student a scholarship of $10,000 and a Summer Associate position at Adler Pollock and Sheehan P.C. (“AP&S”). Crystal completed her internship this past summer and has accepted a position as an associate at the firm next fall.
The Fellowship is named in Honor of the late Judge Walter R. Stone. Judge Stone was the first African-American attorney in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, the first African-American Shareholder at AP&S, a member of the AP&S Diversity Committee and a champion of promoting inclusion for all.
As a Latina, a first-generation college student, and the daughter of a single, immigrant mother, Crystal faced many obstacles that could have impeded her path to success. Instead she embraced her adversities and refused to succumb to becoming a victim of circumstance. Crystal is the President of the Moot Court Board, a Senior Editor of the Roger Williams University Law Review, a Research Assistant to Professor Susan B. Heyman, and the former Administrative Vice President of the Student Bar Association. During her time in law school, Crystal served as a judicial intern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Additionally, Crystal was the winner of the 2018 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition argued before the Justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In her final year of law school, in addition to a full course load, Crystal is working as a student attorney at the RWU Law Immigration Clinic and competing in the NYC Bar National Moot Court Competition.
The award was presented by Robert P. Brooks, Managing Partner and Hamza Chaudary, Counsel and Chair of the AP&S Diversity Committee, at a reception held on November 7, 2019.
Developed as part of Adler Pollock & Sheehan’s Diversity Plan, the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage and assist a diverse student who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the community, to attend law school and successfully enter the practice of law, with the ultimate goal of diversifying the legal profession as well as the firm. The financial needs of the applicant, as well as the applicant’s desire to work and reside in Rhode Island or Massachusetts upon graduation, are contributing factors in the selection.
Crystal Peralta and Robert Brooks