On Wednesday, March 7th, Bilzin Sumberg hosted nearly 40 students from Coral Gables Senior High School during a full-day legal education conference in connection with the Fourth Annual NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, a multi-week initiative which focuses on minority high school students with the goal of encouraging them to pursue a career in the law.
The Pipeline Program, which is a joint partnership between the National Association for Law Placement, Inc.® (NALP) and Street Law, Inc., partners selected law firms with nearby, diverse high school law classes in an effort to provide engagement and education between aspiring law students and real-world legal professionals.
Only nine law firms in the country were selected to participate in the Diversity Pipeline Program; Bilzin Sumberg is proud to support this effort for a fourth year in a row.
“We are proud to be one of the few Florida firms chosen to participate in this important community program,” said Marshall R. Pasternack, a Partner in the Corporate & Securities Group of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Culture committees. “The attorneys of Bilzin Sumberg eagerly volunteer their time each year to work with these high school students because they recognize the need to foster an interest in the legal profession and encourage diversity among the next generation of future leaders.”
During the multi-week Diversity Pipeline program, Bilzin Sumberg taught juniors and seniors enrolled in law classes about Real Estate Negotiations, Cyber Bullying and Mock Trial Litigation. Bilzin Sumberg professionals also provided one-on-one mentorship and career advice to students who have an interest in pursuing the legal profession post-high school graduation.
The conference reinforced lessons learned during the multi-week program and included a career fair for students to explore the wide array of jobs and practice areas in the field of law; interactive workshops, and a first-hand glimpse into the behind-the-scenes functions that are necessary for a law firm to operate.
The Diversity Pipeline Program serves an important component in the movement to increase representation of women and minorities in the legal industry. By providing students the opportunity to participate in real-world legal situations and learn about the law from local legal professionals, the program opens young people to the possibility of a legal career and provides resources to pursue that path.
Bilzin Sumberg’s participation in the Legal Diversity Pipeline Program is one of many pro-bono and charitable projects under the firm’s community outreach program – Bilzin Sumberg Cares. Bilzin Sumberg Cares is a volunteer employee-based community program and the first and only of its kind in the South Florida legal community. Springing from the firm’s desire for the “Bilzin Sumberg Community” to positively impact the community in which Bilzin Sumberg employees live and work, the program has created the opportunity for attorneys and staff to work hand-in-hand to help shape the local community.