MBA Diversity Committee Announces Third Year of Summer Internship Program
Norristown, PA - The Montgomery Bar Association Diversity Committee recently launched its third annual Summer 1L Program, which provides paid internships to first year law students of diverse backgrounds.
Participation and interest in the program has grown steadily from year to year. This summer, nine highly qualified students will be placed with law firms and corporate/government legal departments throughout Montgomery County. The program runs for eight weeks with each student receiving a stipend of $500 per week, paid by the employer. Throughout the internship, the Diversity Committee sponsors a weekly event for the students to meet and interact with Bar leadership, members and area firms. In 2010, the MBA awarded a $1,000 scholarship to each of the participating interns.
The Summer 1L Program sprang from an effort by the MBA to increase diversity throughout the Montgomery County legal community. In 2008, the Diversity Committee researched similar programs in Dauphin, Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties. Their research showed that a strong summer internship program is one of the best methods for strengthening diversity. In addition, the program helps to increase retention of qualified graduates within the county. Studies show that students who intern at county law offices establish professional relationships and often return to practice in those counties.
The MBA Diversity Committee was created as a Task Force in 2007 and is open to all interested members. The Committee meets regularly to discuss methods to promote diversity in the MBA and to address outreach initiatives to the entire Montgomery County legal community. The Committee is currently chaired by William Sylianteng, with Moon Y. Ahn and Carolyn R. Mirabile serving as vice-chairs.
Managing partners and attorneys are urged to show their commitment to this project by considering a summer position for one of these qualified law students. For additional information on the Summer 1L Program, please contact Jim Mathias at the Montgomery Bar Association. Jim may be reached by phone at 610-279-9660.