Summertime in the City…and Law Firms
by Jessica D. Smith
More than 25 students from the Dallas Independent School District and 27 Dallas law firms are participating in the DBA’s 2011 Summer Law Intern Program. Through this program, students who are entering their senior year are chosen to experience the structure and hands-on demands of an office environment. Not only do they gain self-confidence, they also have the opportunity to experience and learn about professionalism. During the program, the interns also enjoy courthouse tours and other educational programs hosted by the DBA.
“The Summer Law Intern Program gives deserving students the opportunity to experience the law field for the first time,” said past participant Christina Maturino of Woodrow Wilson High School, currently a student at Southern Methodist University and file clerk at Cowles & Thompson, P.C. “The firms truly believe in the student interns and want to maximize their experiences that includes office skills that will stay with the students no matter what profession they decide to pursue.”
In May, the program was recognized as a Business and Community Star by the Dallas ISD Career Education & Workforce Partnerships.
The program is funded by the Dallas Bar Foundation, and would not be possible without the generosity of the firms and legal departments who open their doors each year to new interns.
A special thanks to The McFarlin Firm, for providing funding to place an intern at the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. And, thanks to the sister bar associations—Dallas Asian American Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and J.L. Turner Legal Association, an intern was placed at CitySquare, formerly Central Dallas Ministries.
Co-chairs of the 2011 Summer Law Intern Program are Ryan McFarlin, of The McFarlin Firm, PLLC,and Erin Woodward Peirce, of Lori A. Leu & Associates. To get involved in next year’s Summer Law Intern Program, contact Amy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.dallasbar.org.
Jessica D. Smith is the DBA’s Communications/Media Director. She can be reached at email@example.com.