Butler Rubin Selects Jiadai “Daisy” Dong As Its 2014 Diversity Scholar

Northwestern University School of Law Student Becomes 9thRecipient of Butler Rubin Scholarship

CHICAGO, February 7, 2014 – The Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP has awarded its annual diversity scholarship to Northwestern University School of Law student Jiadai “Daisy” Dong.  Dong is the ninth recipient of Butler Rubin’s annual scholarship focused on fostering diversity in the legal profession.

Dong is currently a first-year law student and expects to receive her law degree in 2016.  In addition to a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and other expenses associated with her first year of law school, she will work as a 2014 summer associate at Butler Rubin and she is eligible for an additional $10,000 scholarship for tuition and other expenses for her second year of law school.

“Daisy’s experiences as an immigrant to the United States from China, including learning English as a young child and excelling academically, as well as her work experience in the insurance industry make her the ideal recipient of our diversity scholarship.  She is an excellent example of the type of student our scholarship is designed to reward,” said Julie Rodriguez Aldort, a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

A graduate of the University of Washington – Honors College, Dong received a B.A., with honors, in International Studies and a B.S. in Economics in 2011.  In 2010, Dong was one of forty students and young professionals from the U.S. and China selected to participate in the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange, a two-part international conference held at Stanford University and Zhejiang University.  Following college, Dong worked as a Senior Consultant with Triage Consulting Group, where among other responsibilities, she analyzed insurance plans and managed care contracts to identify underpayment trends.

Butler Rubin created the diversity scholarship program in 2005 to assist diverse students financially and to create employment opportunities for those students during their law school careers.  Students are selected for the scholarship based on high levels of performance and achievement, a strong interest in the private practice of law in the area of business litigation, an intention to remain in the Chicago area following graduation, and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.  Butler Rubin selects one scholarship winner per year.

Formed in 1980, Chicago-based Butler Rubin has established itself as a well-known litigation boutique assisting clients nationally and internationally in complex business disputes, including antitrust litigation and  competition law; class actions; defense of corporate directors and officers; reinsurance; insurance coverage; managed care litigation; insolvency; creditors’ rights; and products liability and mass tort matters.