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 third year with four participants. During the eight-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.
“Through our internship program we have the opportunity to help build a pipeline of racially, ethnically, and economically diverse individuals in the legal profession,” said Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon, the Firm’s Chief Diversity Officer. “It is our strong belief that fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace makes our communities better places to live and work for everyone.”
This year’s interns include Branlon Allen and Jennifer Romero, both of whom interned at the Firm last year, and Chris Torres and Debrciya Everette. Allen, a graduate of James Madison High School, will attend University of Texas at Arlington and major in architecture. He hopes to own his own architecture firm. Romero, a graduate of Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, will attend University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and major in business administration. She hopes to become an attorney. Torres, who will be a senior at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet next year, plans to attend University of Texas at Arlington and major in mechanical engineering. Everette, who will be a senior at James Madison High School next year, plans to attend Southern University and hopes to become an attorney.
“The Legal Internship Pipeline Program is important to our students because it prepares them for life beyond graduation by exposing them to a career option along with the rigors of a professional workplace,” said Dr. Ann Smisko, Deputy Superintendent for Dallas ISD. “Our community’s shared goal is to increase college and workforce readiness, and organizations such as Thompson & Knight provide those fantastic opportunities.”
The program runs from June 8 until July 31. For more information on Thompson & Knight, visit www.tklaw.com.