Diversity Legal Writing Program
The Maricopa County Bar Foundation and the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law collaborate with various law firms throughout the Valley to promote the recruitment and retention of minority lawyers in Arizona through the Diversity Legal Writing Program ("Program"). Private law firms work with second-year minority law students from Arizona law schools during the spring semester to improve the students' writing skills and to expose students to real world clerking assignments in a private firm setting. During the spring 2015 semester, ten students worked at the following private firms: Ballard Spahr, Bowman and Brooke, Bryan Cave, Fennemore Craig, Jones Skelton & Hochuli, Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Polsinelli, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Snell & Wilmer, and Squire Patton Boggs.
Additionally, 90-minute training sessions are held weekly to enhance the students' writing skills, to supplement law school curriculum, to help the students learn about the private firm environment, and to discuss practical tips for the practice of law. The Program is designed to develop better research and writing skills, and to expose the student to a private firm environment. The classes are offered for 12 weeks.
For more information about the program, please contact Elena Nethers at Elena.Nethers@staff.azbar.org.