Dallas – Thompson & Knight LLP’s legal internship pipeline program, designed to encourage Dallas ISD students to pursue careers in the legal field, this year doubled in size.
“Due to the success of last year’s program, we wanted to give more students the opportunity to experience what the legal profession has to offer,” said Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon, the Firm’s Chief Diversity Officer. “The program supports diversity and inclusion, a cornerstone of our Firm, by offering internships to students from racially, ethnically, and economically diverse backgrounds.”
During the six-week internship, students shadowed various attorneys and staff members at the Firm to learn about different legal industry roles. Interns were guided through the process by an attorney mentor.
“We appreciate Thompson & Knight’s expansion of this internship opportunity because it prepares students for life beyond graduation by exposing them to a professional work environment that they otherwise would not get to experience,” said Dr. Ann Smisko, Deputy Superintendent for Dallas ISD. “Our community needs more organizations like Thompson & Knight to provide similar opportunities for students so that we can achieve college and workforce readiness, which is a hallmark of the district’s Destination 2020 plan.”
This year Bre’Ann Geter and Tyffany Robles, both of whom interned at the Firm last year, and Branlon Allen and Jennifer Romero participated. Robles, a Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet graduate, will attend the University of North Texas this fall and hopes to attend law school. Geter, a James Madison High School graduate, this fall will attend Texas Southern University and major in Criminal Justice. Allen, a rising senior at James Madison High School, hopes to attend Baylor. Romero, a rising senior at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, hopes to attend Columbia University and become an attorney.