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MSBA Awards Five Hamline Students Minority Clerkships

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The Minnesota State Bar Association has selected five Hamline University School of Law 1L students of color to participate in its Minnesota Minority Clerkship Program. The students, (from left) Gregory Schwartz,  Maira Gavioli, Irene Kao and Moises Medina (the fifth clerkship recipient, Malika Kanodia, was not available for this photo), will spend the summer working in various law offices gaining valuable legal experience. The Minnesota Minority Clerkship Program was established four years ago to foster diversity within the Minnesota legal community by matching selected students-of-color from Minnesota law schools with participating Minnesota legal employers.

The MSBA reports that this program gives law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies a unique opportunity to promote diversity within their firms and agencies through hiring students-of-color from Minnesota law schools—practice settings in which diverse lawyers are now under-represented. In participating in this program, employers are assisted in finding highly qualified candidates for employment for summer months and beyond, all while increasing their workforce diversity. In turn, student participants gain a unique opportunity to obtain “real world” experiences after only their first-year of law school at a premier legal employer. Employer registration for the Summer 2009 Clerkship Program is complete. Employers who are interested in participating in the 2010 Summer Program should contact David Ahlvers, Program chair, at dahlvers@lindquist.com.