NYSBA Corporate Counsel SectionEstablishes Diversity Internship Program

Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 01:00

A new diversity internship program has been established by the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association and named in honor of a former state bar president noted for his commitment to initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession.

The section announced the establishment of The Kenneth G. Standard Internship Program during its first Corporate Counsel Institute last year. The diversity internships will be awarded possibly beginning as soon as the summer of 2006, said Barbara Levi, a past chair of the section. Ms. Levi is a corporate attorney at Unilever U.S. Inc. The program will be administered by the section's Internship Committee, which consists of Ms. Levi, Section Chair Mitchell F. Borger, Federated Department Stores, Inc., and members Allison Tomlinson, DY Consultants, and Fawn Horvath, also of Federated Department Stores.

Mr. Standard, of Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C., concentrates his practice in labor and employment law matters. He is the immediate past president of the Association.

He sits on several NYSBA committees and is co-chair of the Committee on Diversity and Leadership Development and is a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. The NYSBA committees he currently serves on include Executive and Finance. He also chairs the Special Committee on Outreach to Youth.

Corporate Counsel's Internship Committee plans to recruit interns from a diverse group of law school candidates and expects to name two interns for a summer experience when the program is launched. Students who have successfully completed at least one year of law school at an accredited New York State school will be eligible to apply for the program.