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Can High School Internships Help Close Law's Diversity Gap?

During summer 2019, Mintz welcomed Harlem high school student Kimberly Allotey as an intern in the firm’s New York office.

Ms. Allotey joined Mintz through First Workings, an organization whose mission is to help underserved and underrepresented New York City high school students acquire social capital by arranging two-week paid internships in the summer between their junior and senior years.

Remarkably, in just a short time at Mintz, Ms. Allotey helped attorneys with research for a financial services client’s internal investigation, attended a settlement negotiation meeting in another client’s lawsuit, and helped prepare binders and collected documents in connection with a deposition.

A recent article published by Law360 highlighted Ms. Allotey’s experience and included commentary from Mintz Of Counsel LisaMarie Collins, who helped oversee Ms. Allotey’s work during her internship.

“I didn’t have opportunities like this when I was in Kimberly’s stage of the game. It’s gratifying to be able to say, this was my path and this is what it might look like for you,” Ms. Collins said.