Munger, Tolles & Olson has announced that it is renaming its 1L summer associate program for diverse law school students in honor of partner Jay M. Fujitani, who was lost to us far too early after a battle with cancer. The Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program invites exceptional diverse first-year law students to earn a salary working in a Munger Tolles office for seven to 10 weeks.
Mr. Fujitani chaired or served on virtually every Munger Tolles committee during his three decades with the firm. Under his leadership, the firm’s 1L summer associate program flourished and expanded, remaining at the forefront of law firm pipeline initiatives.
“Jay was the embodiment of inclusion and had a particular passion for diversity issues. He was integrally involved in these issues as a co-chair of our diversity committee and the 1L diversity summer program,” Munger Tolles Diversity Committee Co-Chair Mark B. Helm said. “It is fitting that this program bear his name as we honor Jay’s legacy and continue to advance his work in the area of diversity and inclusion.”
Mr. Fujitani was a mentor to many lawyers over the years, speaking frequently at law schools about strategies for success as a diverse attorney at a big law firm. He was also a supporter of For People of Color, Inc. and a member of the California Minority Counsel Program.
More information about the program can be found here.