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Jenner & Block, General Electric Team Up with Street Law for Day-Long Program for Chicago High School Students

Jenner & Block and its long-time client General Electric teamed up with the Street Law organization to host an educational event on December 3 for over 60 high school students from Chicago Public School’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.  The day-long conference featured three in-depth substantive workshops for the students on intellectual property, harassment, and alternative energy legal issues, led by Jenner & Block and GE attorneys.  The event also provided an up-close opportunity for students to learn about the career paths and work of corporate attorneys. 

The event was part of Street Law’s Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which partners corporate legal departments and law firms with nearby, diverse high school law classes in an effort to engage the students, teach them more about civil law, and encourage them to consider careers in the legal profession.

“Street Law’s innovative program helps to broaden the experiences and opportunities for diverse students,” said Jenner & Block Partner E. Lynn Grayson, who led the Firm’s participation in the program and is a member of Jenner & Block’s Pro Bono and Diversity Committees. “We are thrilled to host and participate in this important program with our valued client GE.

“Good corporate citizenship is a business imperative at GE, and our involvement in Street Law helps us make a difference in our community and in the legal profession,” said Jennifer Zerm, corporate counsel at GE Commercial Finance and co-leader of its Pro Bono Committee.  “It’s a honor to teach, learn and grow with the talented students at Whitney Young High School.”

The national program, which is the result of a partnership between Street Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel, includes:

  • A comprehensive training session for all volunteers and the partner teacher.
     
  • Subsequent classroom visits in which the volunteer attorneys visit their partner classrooms 2-6 times over the course of the semester to teach about topics in civil law and the legal profession.
     
  • A day-long conference, such as the December 3 event at Jenner & Block, in which students participate in interactive, authentic workshops on legal topics where they utilize the skills and knowledge acquired over the course of the semester. 
     
  •  Post event follow-up, where participating companies may reach out to promising students and offer job shadow days, mentoring, internships, scholarships, etc. 

“Corporate legal departments and law firms, like GE and Jenner & Block, working together on a project like this measurably impacts diversity in the legal profession and helps create new professional aspirations for dozens of minority students,” said Lee Arbetman, director of U.S. programs at Street Law.

In addition to Ms. Grayson, Jenner & Block Partners Timothy Barron, Gabriel Fuentes and Steve Siros as well as Associates Patti Boye-Williams, Suzanne Courtheoux, Gregory Lewis, Olivia Luk and Andrew Vail participated in the Street Law program. 

For more information about the Street Law program, please click the link below:

www.streetlaw.org/acc.