Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block, GE, Street Law Host Diversity Pipeline Event for Chicago High School Students

Sixteen Jenner & Block attorneys participated in a conference for 80 students from Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School. Sponsored by the firm, client General Electric and Street Law, the event featured workshops on three areas of law: intellectual property, harassment and alternative energy.  The students practiced their negotiation skills, arguing both sides of mock cases.  They also learned about the career paths and work of corporate attorneys.

The March 28, 2014, event was part of Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which 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. Jenner & Block, which hosted the conference, has partnered with GE on this initiative for Whitney Young High School since 2007.

Partner Megan B. Poetzel and Associate David P. Saunders coordinated the event.  “We were thrilled to once again partner with our valued client GE in presenting a Street Law program to Whitney Young High School students,” Megan said. “The students appreciated the information and advice that the attorney volunteers provided regarding choosing a legal career, and the attorneys were inspired by the students’ zealous advocacy.”      

In addition to Megan and David, the participating attorneys included Partners Timothy J. Barron, Mercedes M. Hill, Keri L. Holleb Hotaling, Suzanne J. Prysak, Steven M. Siros, Barbara S. Steiner and Wade A. Thomson and Associates Jonathan A. Beitner, Peter H. Hanna, Christopher J. Karacic, Joshua A. Pasquesi, Justin C. Steffen, Allison A. Torrence and Elie T. Zenner.