At Locke Lord, we are all too aware that the number of diverse students entering and remaining in the legal profession is insufficient to appropriately advance the profession. To that end, lawyers across the country are involved in a number of pipeline initiatives designed to support diverse students interested in pursuing a legal career.
Locke Lord previously partnered with the Vanguard Leadership Group, an Atlanta-based leadership development academy and honor society for top students at historically black colleges and universities, to host 12 students in our Washington, D.C. office for an afternoon of dialogue and discussion. Our Chicago office hosted students as part of the Middle School Law Camp sponsored by the Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF), a nonprofit organization that aims to increase diversity in the legal profession. In 2012, we received the Diversity Partnership Award from the JTBF for our pro bono work with this organization.
The Firm’s Boston office has been a long-time supporter of the Boston Bar Association’s Summer Jobs Program, which provides paid internships to high school students representing every neighborhood in Boston. Interns rotate throughout different administrative departments and gain exposure to various aspects of the legal profession, all while honing valuable professional skills. Boston Office Managing Partner Matt McTygue serves as co-chair of the BBA Summer Jobs Committee.
In the community, Locke Lord's Dallas office has sponsored Medrano Elementary School, a diverse and multicultural community school, for more than 10 years. Every Thursday at lunchtime, Firm lawyers meet with students at the school to tutor them in a variety of subjects. In addition, our Houston office sponsors the first grade classes at Hilliard Elementary School and hosts an annual holiday party in our downtown offices. Our Austin office has partnered with Sanchez Elementary School since 2004 and hosts similar holiday events for the students.
Additional organizations with which we work to diversify the pipeline include the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, its sister organization, the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and the Houston Bar Association's Subcommittee on Minority Opportunities Program. We also participate in local high school pipeline initiatives through which we employ diverse students in our Chicago and Houston offices for the entire academic year. Our Dallas office participates in the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) through the Dallas Bar Association.