In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the firm of Budd Larner, P.C. has joined the Partners in Excellence Program at Seton Hall University School of Law. A cooperative effort between Seton Hall and seven law firms, Partners in Excellence seeks to expand opportunities for minorities in the classroom by overcoming barriers to success in law school and the legal profession.
According to the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the factors that prevent minority attorneys from succeeding are feelings of isolation within an organization among minority attorneys, a lack of mentoring relationships, and feelings of inferiority created by stereotypes of the minority's group's ability.
By teaming law students with prominent law firms, the Partners in Excellence Program works to eliminate these types of barriers. Seton Hall Law School and other partners in the program will work together to recruit exemplary students from diverse backgrounds and involve them in a mentorship program, establishing a relationship that involves an internship and the potential to permanent employment with the firm.
Recognizing that no single minority group accounts for more than five percent of the lawyers in the United States, Seton Hall Law School will use the Partners in Excellence Program to enrich the learning experiences of all students by expanding diversity in the classroom. The Partnership in Excellence program also strives to remove the barriers that prevent the number of minority students from increasing.
In addition to Budd Larner, the other six participating law firms that are part of the Partners in Excellence Program are Gibbons, Del Deo, Griffinger & Vecchione; McCarter & English, LLP; McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney, LLP; Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP; Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross P.C., and Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer.