Fox Rothschild Opens Doors to South Central Students Through Work Study Program

September 5, 2012 – Press Releases

As part of Fox Rothschild’s firmwide commitment to diversity, the firm’s Los Angeles office has teamed up with Verbum Dei High School for a corporate work study program that will introduce six inner-city students to the practice of law.

“The program is inspiring and gives us the opportunity to directly make a difference in the lives of our future workforce,” said Jeffrey S. Kravitz, Fox’s Los Angeles Managing Partner.

As part of the program, the students will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. five full days a month on a rotational basis while continuing their school studies. They will learn the ins and outs of working for the firm while building relationships with their attorney mentors.

Verbum Dei High School is a Catholic, Jesuit, college and career preparatory school that educates young men living in South Central Los Angeles. The school’s work study program was established eight years ago in an effort to enhance the students’ career preparedness while funding scholarships for their education.

The program, which is fully dependent on its corporate partnerships, has produced tremendous success for its graduates. Since its inception, 100 percent of students in the program have gained college acceptance; 71 percent of students have gone on to four-year colleges and universities; and 29 percent have advanced to community colleges.

Fox Rothschild’s L.A. office exemplifies the firm’s commitment to diversity. It is home to the recipient of the National Bar Association’s Entertainment Attorney of the Year Award and The Cool, Black and Brilliant Award by the Power Networking Conference as well as attorneys with leadership roles in the Hispanic National Bar Association, Chinese American Lawyers Association of Southern California, Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.

Throughout its national network of offices, Fox participates in various diversity initiatives, including the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program and the Delaware Futures Internship Program. This year, the Philadelphia office hosted four student interns through its partnership with Work Ready Philadelphia, which connects students of diverse backgrounds with area employers to teach workforce development strategies.