Fox Rothschild LLP Hosts MBA Diversity Committee Summer 1L Program MeetingJuly 8, 2011 – Press Releases
Fox Rothschild LLP recently hosted a breakfast meeting in its Blue Bell office as part of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) Diversity Committee third annual Summer 1L Program. Keynote speaker at the gathering was Naomi McLaurin, Director of Diversity at the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Fox Rothschild is among the local law firms participating in the MBA Summer 1L Program, in which highly qualified first-year law school students of diverse backgrounds are placed with firms and corporate/government legal departments throughout Montgomery County for an eight-week period in a paid internship position. The program features weekly meetings offering program participants the opportunity to meet and interact with Bar leadership, members and area law firms.
At the meeting, McLaurin spoke on the importance of establishing mentoring relationships and seizing student career networking opportunities. She advised students to seek out professional mentors, both within and outside their firms, who offer diverse perspectives and insights into establishing and maintaining a successful legal career. She also discussed the dos and don’ts of networking and emphasized how critical first impressions can be for young lawyers as they embark on their careers as well as how crucial it is to engage in follow-up activities with those they meet.
The MBA Summer 1L Program sprang from an effort by the MBA to increase diversity and retention of qualified graduates throughout the Montgomery County legal community. Studies show that students who intern at county law offices establish professional relationships and often return to practice in those counties.
Fox Rothschild’s Diversity Committee, led by partners Marilou E. Watson of the firm’s Blue Bell office and Gregory B. Williams of the Wilmington office, spearheads initiatives to promote diversity and inclusiveness. The firm’s participation in the MBA Summer 1L Program is part of Fox Rothschild’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness in all forms and to help develop strategies to enhance the recruitment, retention and growth of attorneys of color and other diverse backgrounds.
The MBA Diversity Committee, created as a Task Force in 2007, meets regularly to discuss methods to promote diversity in the MBA and to address outreach initiatives to the entire Montgomery County legal community.