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On March 7, 2013, Jenner & Block, client General Electric and Street Law teamed up to host a conference that was attended by 62 students from Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. The teens spent the day participating in workshops on three areas of law – intellectual property, harassment and alternative energy. Led by attorneys from both the firm and GE, the students practiced their negotiation skills, arguing both sides of mock cases in these practice areas.
The event also provided an up-close opportunity for students to learn about the career paths and work of corporate attorneys.
The event, which took place at Jenner & Block’s Chicago Conference Center, was part of Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The program pairs corporate legal departments and law firms with high school law classes to educate students about law, democracy and human rights, and to increase their knowledge and interest in legal careers.
By focusing on strategies that encourage young people to enter the legal profession, including providing them with role models, connections with legal professionals and the opportunity to experience the types of work lawyers do, the program seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession.
Jenner & Block has partnered with GE on this initiative for Whitney Young High School since 2007. Partner E. Lynn Grayson, who leads the firm’s participation, said, “Promoting diversity and inclusion within our firm, the profession, the community and society is a core value at Jenner & Block. Street Law’s innovative program broadens the experiences and opportunities for diverse students. We are thrilled to host and participate in this important program with our valued client GE.”
Other firm attorneys who participated in the March 7 conference include Partners Benjamin J. Bradford, Mercedes M. Hill, Megan B. Poetzel, Steven M. Siros and Barbara S. Steiner; Associates Yusuf Esat, Donald E. Goff, Peter H. Hanna, Christopher J. Karacic, Ethan E. Kent, Jamie K. Lord, Edward T. Mansell, Katherine A. Neville, Joshua A. Pasquesi, David P. Saunders and Allison A. Torrence; and Staff Attorney Kellie R. Bylica.