Recent diversity programs designed for change

The Indiana legal community has recently launched a variety of initiatives focused on improving and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession. Below is a sampling of the work being done.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Prelaw Scholars Program

This project covers the cost of applying to law school for select low-income students who have demonstrated academic excellence and personal achievements.

Katz Korin Cunningham and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis

The attorneys have joined together to teach basic legal skills to students at Arsenal Tech. Also, the lawyers are organizing and coaching the school’s team for the Indiana mock trial competition.

Ice Miller’s Racial Justice Fellowship Program

This initiative will select two minority law students each year and, along with having them work as associates, will provide them with professional coaching and give them the opportunity to help with projects undertaken by the firm’s Racial Justice Task Force. After the summer associate position ends, the students will be able to continue working at the firm as law clerks and will be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship.

Allen County Bar Foundation’s new law school scholarship program

This scholarship is for law students and undergraduates who are from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups and who were either raised in Allen County or plan to practice there. A law student could receive up to $2,500 for tuition and fees or for bar exam preparation. An undergraduate student preparing for the LSAT could be awarded up to $1,500.•

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