High School Summer Law Intern Program
An initiative by the Diversity Committee of the Memphis Bar Association, the Summer Law Intern Program was created in 2007 with the purpose of exposing high school students to the “real world” practice of law and encouraging them to consider law as a career. The students work at least 15 hours a week during a four-week period and receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program. In addition, the students participate in group activities, such as meeting the judges and learning about undergraduate and graduate admissions.
Minority students who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August 2014 are invited to apply for the 2014 Summer Law Intern program. All applicants must be residents of, and attend school in, Shelby County. Internships will be during the four week period of June 2-27, 2014. Applications and more information can be downloaded in either .DOC or .PDF format. The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 7th, 4:30 p.m. The application must be received by that date and time.
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At the closing ceremony of the 2013 Summer Law Intern Program on Thursday, July 11th at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 68 minority high school students received a certificate and a $500 stipend for successfully completing the Summer Law Intern Program. Interns were required to work at least 60 hours during the 4-week period of the program, as well as attend group activities and act and dress professionally. The workplaces were unanimous in their praise for their interns, citing their work ethic, eagerness to learn, and professionalism, and Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Camille McMullen spoke to those present about the need for moral courage and inspired them to create their own personal “constitution” of the values to which they aspire.
Our thanks to the workplaces for taking the time to mentor and guide these young people – you have made an lifelong impression on them! A special thanks to Mr. Willie Gregory and Nike for sponsoring the closing ceremony and to the following sponsors who helped underwrite the interns’ stipends: BankTennessee; Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; Ben F. Jones Chapter, National Bar Association; Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; International Paper; Memphis Bar Foundation; Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell; Rosenblum & Reisman; Stone Higgs & Drexler; Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell; Ricky E. Wilkins; and Wyatt Tarrant & Combs. Finally, a big thank you to Judge Gina Higgins and Sherry Brooks, the co-chairs of this program, and to the following who assisted with it: Thomas Campbell, Joann Coston-Holloway, Peter Gee, Tannera Gibson, Christina Kurdilla, Andre Mathis, Linda Mathis, Sue Ann McClellan, Melisa Moore, Jacqueline O’Bryant, and Zayid Saleem.
To view photos from the closing ceremony, click here.
Intern Program Honored with ABA Partnership Award
The MBA Summer Law Intern Program was honored with the 2009 American Bar Association Partnership Award. The award recognizes, on a national level, the community wide effort this program generated in improving diversity in our profession.
The Intern Program was featured on Fox 13's Good Morning Memphis on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
GMM: Law Intern Program: MyFoxMEMPHIS.com
Taking Back Our Neighborhoods with Joe Birch, WMC-TV Ch. 5--June 6, 2008
Fox 13 Evening News with Mearl Purvis--July 7, 2008
Cover story—July/August 2008 issue of Memphis Lawyer magazine.
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Photos below from the 2011 Closing Ceremony
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