Dallas Bar Association

ExxonMobil Foundation Provides Intern to DVAP

by Michelle M. Alden

Mary Yang has joined the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program as an ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program intern. For eight weeks this summer, she will be responsible for assisting with case management, intake at evening clinics, organization of continuing legal education and recruiting events, and helping plan DVAP’s annual Pro Bono Awards celebration.

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program was selected as one of 60 nonprofit agencies in Dallas County to participate in the 2011 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, which is funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation. This program provides agencies with additional help during the summer months and gives students the opportunity to learn about careers in the nonprofit sector.

Mary, a junior at Brown University, is majoring in International Relations and Public Policy and plans to attend law school. She believes that this internship will help her gain a better understanding of nonprofit organizations and how they make a difference in the community, as well as enhancing her understanding of the legal system. “For me, this internship is not just about making a difference in peoples’ lives—it’s about acquiring a vision and passion for nonprofit work in the future,” said Mary.

Launched in 1997, DVAP is a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. DVAP recruits, trains, and supports pro bono attorneys; last year approximately 5,552 families in Dallas County were assisted.

DVAP welcomes Mary to the team. For more information about DVAP, log on to www.dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org.

Michelle M. Alden is the Managing Attorney for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. She can be reached at aldenm@lanwt.org.

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