Scholarship provides support to young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and are interested in a career in law
Allens has announced that law student Curtis Haas is the first recipient of the Allens Pinnacle Scholarship.
The scholarship is part of Allens' multi-year partnership with the Pinnacle Foundation and provides educational and mentoring support to young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and are interested in a career in law.
Haas is entering the second year of his juris doctor at the University of Melbourne, having previously graduated his bachelor of international studies at RMIT University in 2019. He is one of 51 scholars who will be supported by Pinnacle in 2021.
“At Allens, providing an inclusive workplace where diversity – including identifying as LGBTIQ+ – is celebrated is important to who we are as a firm,” said Robert Walker, partner at Allens. “We are thrilled to be able to support Curtis through the Allens Scholarship and very excited to share in his journey to a career in law.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Staite, managing director and chief executive officer of the Pinnacle Foundation, said the Allens partnership and scholarship will help transform the lives of young adults who identify as LGBTIQ+.
“By partnering with The Pinnacle Foundation and launching a scholarship, Allens is demonstrating genuine support for young adults in the LGBTIQ+ community,” said Staite. “The Allens scholarship presents unique opportunities for students like Curtis who are interested in a career in law. Allens is a leader in the diversity space and we're delighted to be partnering with them.”