August 6, 2011
This summer, Street Law, Inc. piloted a new program in Washington, DC— the Summer Associates Street Law Program. The program connected associates from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s Summer Associates Program with youth participating in DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program, an initiative of the DC Department of Employment Services. Over a four week period, summer associates taught engaging, interactive lessons about employment law, advocacy, and conflict resolution.
Street Law, Inc. provided the Paul Weiss summer associates with a training session, step-by-step lesson plans, and linkage to the teens in the Youth Employment Program.
Once each week, the students visited the Paul Weiss office, participated in lessons and activities taught by the summer associates, and joined the law students and several associates for lunch and an informal opportunity to explore career choices.
The program gave summer associates an opportunity to engage in a meaningful community service program and a chance to experience the public interest aspect of life at a law firm.
The Summer Associates Street Law Program culminated with a “negotiation showcase” where youths demonstrated the skills learned over the summer. Representatives from the five District of Columbia agencies where the young people worked over the summer also attended and participated in the showcase. Evaluations from all parties involved were extremely positive.
Street Law plans to expand the program to additional law firms during the summer of 2012. For more information, contact Deborah Foster.
(Reproduced with permission)
Legal Diversity Pipeline Program for Law Firms