Butler Rubin Selects Karen Villagomez as its 2016 Diversity Scholar

Northwestern Pritzker Law Student Becomes 11th Recipient of Butler Rubin Scholarship

CHICAGO, February 18, 2016 – The Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP has awarded its annual diversity scholarship to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law student Karen Villagomez.  Villagomez is the eleventh recipient of Butler Rubin’s annual scholarship focused on fostering diversity in the legal profession.

Villagomez is currently a first-year law student and expects to receive her law degree in 2018. 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 2016 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.

“Karen has both the demonstrated experience and the commitment to Chicago that we look for in our diversity scholarship recipients each year. Our firm is committed to diversity, and this scholarship gives us the opportunity every summer to establish what we hope turns out to be a long-term relationship with a diverse law student,” said Julie Rodriguez Aldort, a partner and member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

A 2012 graduate of the University of Rochester, Villagomez received a B.A. in Political Science. While in college, Villagomez served as an intern for the Office of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center and Instituto Health Science Career Academy.  Following college, Villagomez gained invaluable experience as an immigration paralegal.

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 law firm assisting clients nationally and internationally in complex business disputes, including antitrust law; class actions; defense of corporate directors and officers; labor and employment law; reinsurance; insurance; healthcare litigation; and insolvency.