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Legal Diversity Pipeline Program for Law Firms

Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

This program partners law firms with nearby, diverse high school law classes. Through classroom visits and a field trip to the law firm, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students’ knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.

The following law firms are participating in the 2017-18 year of the program:

  • Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, Miami
  • Fox Rothschild, Philadelphia
  • Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
  • Holland & Knight, Miami
  • Hunton & Williams,  New York
  • Kirkland & Ellis, San Francisco
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York
  • Schiff Hardin, Chicago
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York
  • White & Case, New York
  • Dentons and HP, Inc.

This program is a national partnership between Street Law and NALP.

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Staff

Lee Arbetman

executive director

Joy Dingle

director, legal diversity pipeline programs

Overview

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This law-firm based program addresses the unique challenges and opportunities available for diversity pipeline programming at law firms. The core activities include a training session for law firm volunteers and participating teachers, classroom visits to a diverse high school class, a one-day event at the law firm for the students, and an enhancement activity for the most interested high school students. The program also involves law schools through additional field trips to the law school and participation by law students and law school staff in the one-day event at the law firm.The NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline program builds on the successful Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which has been in operation since 2001 in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel.  

The one-day event at the law firm includes several interactive workshops for the students (such as a mock arbitration or contract negotiation exercise, or a simulated deposition), a tour of the firm, and a career panel and/or career fair to explore different practice areas or jobs in the profession. The classroom visits that precede the conference cover legal topics that pertain to the workshops at the one day event. Lessons also introduce the students to legal careers and pathways to the legal profession.

Street Law finds partner schools and provides training, lesson plans, workshops, and technical assistance.

For Further Information

NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program: Evaluation Report

Contact Lee Arbetman or Joy Dingle at Street Law or Jim Leipold at NALP.

Support for Participating Law Firms

Street Law will find up to three partner high school classes for each law firm, based on the number of volunteers each firm has. Each firm will need to provide at least a dozen volunteers, and the group can include paralegals and career services staff as well as lawyers and law students. Street Law will train the volunteers in program implementation, teaching strategies, and lesson use at the start of each school year. Street Law will then be available by phone and email for technical assistance as the programs get underway. In addition, Street Law will provide each participating law firm with a program guide that includes:

  • A clear description of program components
  • Research-based best practices
  • A selection of ready-to-use classroom lessons
  • A selection of ready-to-use one-day event workshops
  • Sample agendas for the one-day event
  • Templates for all documents the law firm might use related to the program
 

Sustainer Law Firms

 Participating Law Firms

  • Fox Rothschild
  • Holland & Knight
  • Hunton & Williams
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Schiff Hardin
  • White & Case
  • Dentons and HP, Inc.
 

Street Law also offers a Legal Diversity Pipeline Program for Corporate Legal Departments.

As of February 2018, the following corporations and ACC chapters were conducting Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs in conjunction with Street Law, Inc. and their local schools. Many participating corporations also work closely with law firms and law schools to implement their programs.

  • AIG (Houston, Los Angeles, and New York)
  • ACC - Association of Corporate Counsel (Washington)
  • ACC Central Florida Chapter and Holland & Knight (Orlando, FL)
  • ACC Chicago Chapter (Chicago and Elgin, IL)
  • ACC Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter (Dallas)
  • ACC Georgia Chapter (Atlanta)
  • ACC Greater Philadelphia Chapter (Philadelphia)
  • ACC National Capital Region (Richmond, VA and Washington)
  • ACC San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (San Francisco)
  • ACC Southern California Chapter (Los Angeles)
  • ACC St. Louis Chapter (St. Louis)
  • ACC Washington State Chapter (Seattle)
  • Allstate (Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Hartford, CT; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Jersey; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Seattle; Tampa, FL; and Washington)
  • Anthem, Inc. (with Bingham Greenbaum in Indianapolis; Hogan Lovells in Northern Virginia; McLane Middleton in Manchester, NH; Reed Smith in Los Angeles; Troutman Sanders in Atlanta; and Vorys in Cincinnati)
  • AT&T (Atlanta; Austin, TX; Dallas; and San Francisco)
  • Baxter International, Inc. (Chicago)
  • BP America Inc. (Houston)
  • CA Technologies Inc. (Islandia, NY)
  • Capital One and ACC National Capital Region (Richmond, VA)
  • Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL)
  • Charleston Bar Association, Charleston School of Law, and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (Charleston, SC)
  • The Coca-Cola Company, King & Spalding, and Emory Law School (Atlanta)
  • Discovery Communications (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Eli Lilly & Company and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (Indianapolis)
  • GEICO (Silver Spring, MD)
  • General Electric (Atlanta; Chicago; Greenville, SC; Milwaukee; and Toronto)
  • Harley Davidson and Foley & Lardner LLP (Milwaukee)
  • HBO (New York)
  • HMSHost Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
  • The Home Depot and Alston & Bird LLP (Atlanta)
  • HPE and HP Inc. (Berkeley Heights, NJ; Houston; Palo Alto, CA; Plano, TX; San Diego; and Washington)
  • Hughes Network Systems & ACC National Capital Region (Washington, DC)
  • International Paper (Memphis, TN)
  • Lockheed Martin (Denver)
  • Macy’s (Cincinnati, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis)
  • Marriott Vacations Worldwide (Orlando, FL)
  • McDonald's Corporation (Oakbrook, IL)
  • Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ and Norristown, PA)
  • Nationwide (Columbus, OH; Des Moines, IA; and Scottsdale, AZ)
  • NBC Universal (New York)
  • PetSmart (Phoenix)
  • Pfizer Inc. (New York)
  • Precision Medicine Group and Dentons (Chevy Chase, MD)
  • Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Atlanta)
  • UPS (Atlanta)
  • Verizon (Atlanta; Basking Ridge, NJ; Chicago; Dallas; New York; Northern Virginia; and San Francisco)
  • Walmart (Bentonville, AR)
  • Wawa (Chester, PA)
  • Wyndham Worldwide & Wyndham Vacation Ownership (Orlando, FL)

Participating law firms have access to the Electronic Library of resources and lessons.