1L Pledge to Diversity Program Expands

by Ali Manor

The program will add 10 new employers for 2016

By Amy Hickcox

LAW WEEK COLORADO

With diversity and inclusiveness in mind, the 1L Pledge to Diversity Program strives to give underrepresented students clerkships during their first summer of law school.

In the past year, the 1L Pledge has been able to add 10 employer participants to their roster and 10 student slots, an increase that program co-chair Aaron Bradford said may be their largest yearly growth so far.

“I can tell you within the 35 employers, we have people who are 100 percent committed in driving diversity and inclusiveness within their organizations,” Bradford said. 

When the 1L Pledge to Diversity Program began in 2003, only 10 to 12 first-year law students were placed with firms. That was also the year that Bradford, executive partner with Holland and Knight’s new Denver office, became involved with the program. This year, the initiative is aiming to place up to 35 students with employers, he said.

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