Fox Rothschild Gives Philadelphia High School Students a Glimpse Into the Legal Profession with Law Program and Conference on May 17May 20, 2011 – Press Releases
Fox Rothschild LLP hosted students from KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy for an educational law program, including an all-day conference, on May 17, 2011, at the firm’s Philadelphia office.
The program and conference were part of the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, a joint effort between the two nonprofits that promotes diversity in the legal profession. The program partners law firms with nearby diverse high school classes in an effort to encourage students to understand the law and pursue careers in the legal profession.
“The program allows us to put our firm diversity initiative into action by educating our future workforce about the opportunities available in the legal profession and the overall importance of the law,” said Jean Durling, Chief Talent Officer at Fox Rothschild. “We were delighted to be afforded this chance to provide students from KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy with insight into what it takes to succeed in the legal field both as an attorney and in the administrative areas.”
The May 17 conference was the culmination of a multiweek program in which Fox Rothschild attorneys taught students about intellectual property and social host liability law. The conference aimed to reinforce the students’ lessons with interactive workshops and gave them a glimpse into the firm’s business. The day also included lunch and a career fair where students were able to explore the wide array of jobs and practice areas in the legal profession.
“This program is a powerful experience for the high school students. It gives them the opportunity to interact with legal professionals and sparks their interest in legal careers,” said Megan Hanson, program director at Street Law, Inc.
The program fits into Fox Rothschild’s initiative to increase diversity within the legal profession. The firm’s Diversity Committee assists in recruiting, retaining and supporting the development of a diverse population of attorneys, paralegals, administrators and staff.
About KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy:
KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy (KDCA) is a free, open-enrollment public charter school that currently serves 108 ninth grade students. The school will expand one grade every year until it reaches full capacity with approximately 520 students in grade 9 through 12. KDCA is part of the acclaimed KIPP network of 99 high-performing, college preparatory charter schools serving more than 27,000 students in 22 cities across the country. The mission of KDCA is to provide students with a relevant, exciting and individualized learning environment, allowing students to emerge with the critical thinking, global vision and knowledge of self necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.
About Street Law:
Street Law, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights. With a unique blend of content and methodology, Street Law, Inc. uses techniques that promote cooperative learning, critical thinking, and the ability to participate in a democratic society. For 35 years, Street Law, Inc.'s programs and curricula have promoted knowledge of legal rights and responsibilities, engagement in the democratic process, and belief in the rule of law, among both youth and adults. To learn more visit www.streetlaw.org.
Founded in 1971, the National Association for Law Placement, Inc.® (NALP) is a nonprofit educational association of law schools and legal employers dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.