Fried Frank is proud to announce its partnership with Legal Outreach, a pipeline diversity non-profit that prepares urban youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. Fried Frank will partner with Legal Outreach on numerous initiatives within its College Bound (CB) Program, a four-year, comprehensive academic enrichment and support program, and its Law and Justice Institute (LJI), a five week intensive course taught at law schools in the New York City area that educates rising 9th grade students on criminal law, criminal procedure, and their rights. Beginning this summer, the Firm began participating in the following short- and long-term pipeline initiatives with Legal Outreach:
- Summer Law Internship: Fried Frank will host rising high school sophomores as interns in its New York office from July 11 to July 14. The interns will participate in a mock negotiation and work with summer associate mentors who will help to provide them with a realistic corporate law firm experience. The program is being coordinated by real estate associate Karen Lee and litigation associate and Fried Frank Civil Rights Fellow, Alejandra Avila. Fried Frank summer associates Abbie Schepps, Michael Linneman, Denis Fatovic and Melissa Doura will serve as mentors to the interns.
- Law Firm Field Trip: Members of Fried Frank's Women's Forum will host 30 rising 9th grade LJI female students on July 15. While at Fried Frank, LJI students will learn about the Firm's various areas of practice, receive a tour of the office, and participate in a mock negotiation. Following the mock negotiation, LJI students will have the chance to ask a panel of Firm associates and summer associates about their education and career paths.
- Attorney Mentoring Program: Students in the CB program are matched with attorneys across New York City who serve as mentors to the students beginning in their sophomore year of high school and continuing through their senior year. Mentors meet with their mentees on average once per month, provide academic and life advice, and help them prepare for constitutional law debates. The Firm's attorney mentoring initiative is led by Fried Frank Corporate partner Julian Chung.
- Pathways to Achievement and Community Transformation (PACT): Fried Frank joined PACT this year as a Diversity Supporter with a monetary donation to the program. PACT is Legal Outreach's all male initiative designed to entice more young males of color, who are disproportionally underrepresented in higher education and the legal community, to pursue careers in law.
In addition to its partnership with Legal Outreach, Fried Frank is a proud supporter of numerous other programs aimed at diversifying the legal industry, including the Hunter College Pre-Law Scholars Program, which prepares the college's diverse student body to become competitive law school candidates through intensive LSAT and academic preparation and mentoring; Sponsors for Education Opportunity and the New York City Bar Association's Diversity Fellowship programs, which prepare high-achieving diverse college and law students for internships at Am Law
100 law firms; and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) Scholars, Pathfinders and Fellows programs, which provide comprehensive leadership and professional development trainings for summer associates, mid-level associates and senior associates and junior partners of color.
To learn more about Legal Outreach and its various programs, click here