Dallas – Thompson & Knight LLP’s legal internship pipeline program, designed to encourage minority high school students to pursue careers in the legal field, recently began its fourth year with four participants. During the seven-week internship program, Dallas ISD students, guided by an attorney mentor, shadow various lawyers and staff members at the Firm to learn about different legal industry roles.
“Our internship program supports our long-standing commitment to increase the pipeline of women and ethnically diverse individuals in the legal profession; broaden our efforts in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining a diverse workforce; and make our communities better places to live and work for all persons,” said Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon, Thompson & Knight’s Chief Diversity Officer.
This year’s interns include Savion Bickham, Melvin Craddock, Matthew McCurdy, and Chris Torres, who interned at the Firm last year. Bickham will be a senior at James Madison High School this fall and plans to become an attorney. Craddock, a graduate of James Madison High School, will attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in Physics. McCurdy will be a senior at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet this fall. Upon high school graduation, he hopes to attend Georgetown University and become an attorney. Torres, a graduate of Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, will attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in Engineering.
“This is a great partnership and an incredible opportunity for students,” said Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of Dallas ISD. “Through this internship, students gain real world experience that could help them discover an interest in a potential career. This kind of partnership changes lives by exposing students to possibilities they may have never considered for themselves. We are grateful to Thompson & Knight for their efforts to prepare students for college and the workforce.”
The program runs from June 13 until July 29. For more information on Thompson & Knight, visit www.tklaw.com.