A fellowship program made possible by a $150,000 donation from Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White was the focus of a June 27 article in The Daily Record, “Firm launches fellowship program for UB Law students.”
Steven D. Silverman, managing partner at the Baltimore firm and a 1991 UB law graduate, said the fellowship program was designed to help UB keep top students who might otherwise transfer to other law schools — and to keep legal talent in the area.
“My idea was to create a merit-based fellowship to entice students that might be thinking about leaving the community and leaving Baltimore, to instead retain those students and hope that they not only flourish and provide a better educational environment at the law school, but also stay in the community,” Silverman said.
The firm’s donation will be spread over 10 years, with a fellow chosen each year. Fellows will each receive a $5,000 stipend for a 10-week summer position at the firm, as well as a $10,000 scholarship to complete their studies at the UB School of Law.
Eighteen UB law students applied for the inaugural fellowship. The pool was reduced to five students, who were interviewed by members of the firm. Gregory Waterworth, a rising 2L, was chosen as the first fellow.
Waterworth, now in his third week at Silverman Thompson, addressed the issue of law school-hopping.
“There’s this huge emphasis or focus on the competitive nature of law school — to go to the best, to be the best and all this,” Waterworth told The Daily Record. “There certainly is this culture; there are some people who see it as a stepping stone to get to a different school. [The fellowship is] a great opportunity to show you that you don’t need to go to an Ivy League law school to get a really, really great experience.”