Target Corporation and the University of St. Thomas School of Law have named second-year law student Christopher Damian the 2015 recipient of the Target Corporation Diversity in Law Scholarship. As part of the award, Damian will have the chance to gain practical legal experience through a field placement in Target’s legal department.
The opportunity was made possible by a joint commitment between Target Corporation and UST School of Law to prepare the next generation of business leaders and business lawyers with practical training and critical thinking skills. The Target Corporation Diversity in Law Scholarship is awarded annually to a diverse student who exhibits high academic performance, demonstrated leadership qualities and service to the community, and intent to practice in Minnesota upon graduation. Preference is given to students who are members of underrepresented groups.
Damian, who identifies as both a racial and sexual minority, has a history of working to bring together two historically divided communities: the LGBT community and the Christian community. His efforts have included writing for The Intercollegiate Review, Crisis Magazine, Ethika Politika and The Observer; speaking at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of St. Thomas; and participating in a week-long forum on human sexuality within Christian communities. As a law student, Damian also has worked as a research assistant for the Thomas E. Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and was named a scholar of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.
As the 2015 recipient of the Target Corporation Diversity in Law Scholarship, Damian also will receive a $5,000 scholarship.