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    July 12, 2019

    Law Students with Diverse Backgrounds Complete Summer Clerkships

    Nineteen first-year University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law School students with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds – with some coming from as far away as China, Puerto Rico and Jamaica – are being recognized by the State Bar of Wisconsin for completing the organization’s 10-weeks paid Diversity Clerkship Program. The program matches students with private law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental agencies to give them practical legal experience.

    The students’ accomplishments will be celebrated at a reception on Thursday, July 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the State Bar Center, 5302 Eastpark Blvd. in Madison. NOTE TO MEDIA: There will be opportunity to interview the employers and students about their clerkship experiences.

    Diversity varies greatly among this year’s group of students: One student hails from the Menominee Indian Reservation; another served in the United States Air Force. Students of color come from urban centers like Milwaukee, Chicago, and Washington D.C., while others grew up in rural areas including Dubuque, Iowa - where lawyers are sorely needed. 

    Supporting diversity and inclusion efforts in Wisconsin’s legal community is a strategic priority for the State Bar. A diverse and inclusive legal profession ensures access to underserved populations and advances the principal of equal justice for all.

    The program, in its 27th year, has placed nearly 500 students into paid internships since its inception in 1992.

    Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, a Madison-based law firm with an office in Milwaukee, is also being recognized by the State Bar of Wisconsin as a Champion of Diversity for its 20-year commitment to the program.

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