Butler Rubin Selects Russell Barnwell as its 2015 Diversity Scholar

University of Chicago Law Student Becomes 10th Recipient of Butler Rubin Scholarship

CHICAGO, February 11, 2015 – The Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP has awarded its annual diversity scholarship to University of Chicago Law School student Russell Barnwell.  Barnwell is the tenth recipient of Butler Rubin’s annual scholarship focused on fostering diversity in the legal profession.

Barnwell is currently a first-year law student and expects to receive his law degree in 2017.  In addition to a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and other expenses associated with his first year of law school, he will work as a 2015 summer associate at Butler Rubin and he is eligible for an additional $10,000 scholarship for tuition and other expenses for his second year of law school.

“In reviewing Russ’ submission, we were impressed by his leadership skills, work ethic and dedication to public service.  We are excited about having Russ here with us this summer and look forward to helping him gain experience in a litigation practice,” said Karen M. Borg, a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

A 2013 graduate of Huntingdon College, Barnwell received a B.A., summa cum laude, in English and Political Science.  In 2013, Barnwell served as Editor-in-Chief of Prelude, which earned a Literary Prize for Best in Show.  Following college, Barnwell served as a Regional Director of Bama Covered, where he trained volunteers and assisted in community outreach to help uninsured individual access healthcare.

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.