Two grants totaling $10,000 have been awarded to the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar from the U.S District Court for the Western District of New York. The grants are designated toward increasing diversity in the Rochester legal community and helping to supply elementary students at a Rochester City School with classroom tools, books, and special education materials.
A $5,000 grant has been awarded to the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, which will be used to hire a law student from an underrepresented race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. During the ten-week summer internship, the first-year law student will have the ability to assist working legal professionals at a government agency.
The award-winning Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program is co-sponsored by the MCBA (through its Diversity Committee), the Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA), and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA). The program aims to increase diversity in the legal profession in the Rochester area by attracting qualified first-year law students from diverse backgrounds, to work in paid positions with Rochester area law firms and other legal employers. This year we were able to place students at 11 different employers.
In addition, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York also awarded a $5,000 grant to the Lawyers for Learning program of the Monroe County Bar Association, which partners with School 29 to offer mentors to struggling students. This money will help pay for much needed equipment, arts programs, field trips, supplies and special education materials.