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Diversity Internship Program

The Diversity Internship Committee of the Albany County Bar Association seeks to increase opportunities for underrepresented groups of future attorneys in the Capital District.

The foundation of our legal system is that everyone is equal before the law. Yet, inequities and systemic racism have long existed in our legal system.  The murder of George Floyd by a police officer is a reminder of the threat to those denied the protections afforded to them in interactions with law enforcement under the Constitution and the laws of a free society. Tragically, these reminders are frequent and public, adding to a collective trauma.

The Diversity Internship Committee stands in solidarity with those opposing racism and inequities before the law. The Committee wishes to express empathy and compassion to those suffering and grieve in this moment of mourning in hopes that there will be change in our system of laws. As attorneys of color and allies we stand in solidarity with those who pursue change through peaceful and effective advocacy. We believe that every person of color should know that there is inherent value in their presence in the world.

>> View the ACBA Diversity Internship Students 2018-2019

>> View the ACBA Diversity Internship Students 2017-2018  

 The Albany County Bar Association Diversity Internship Program commenced in September of 2000 in an effort to broaden the opportunities for minority law students at Albany Law School to be exposed to practice in a private law firm setting. The Association received awards for the program from both the New York State Bar Association (2002) and American Bar Association (2003).

Since the program’s inception, hundreds of law students have received paid internship opportunities at law firms in the Capital Region. Many of the interns subsequently obtained full-time law firm employment and now are members of the Albany County Bar. 

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The Association deeply appreciates the dedication and commitment of our firms to hasten the day when private practice in the Capital Region reflects the full diversity of the area's population. If you are a student interested in submitting a program application, please contact Albany Law School's Career and Professional Development Center at (518) 445-2332 | careers@albanylaw.edu. If you would like more information on the program, please contact one of the programs Co-chair:

Diversity Internship Program Committee

Mishka Woodley, Esq.
Diversity Internship Program Co-chair, Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Phone: (518) 313-1450

Daniel Hurteau, Esq.
Diversity Internship Program Co-chair, Nixon Peabody
Phone: (518) 427-2652 

Hon. Randolph Treece, Program Advisor, Retired Magistrate Judge to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of NY, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP

Ryan Manley, Esq. Program Vice Chair, Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC

Serena White-Lake, Esq. Committee Member, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Albany Law School

Sonia Bennett, Esq. Committee Member, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Adriel Colon, Esq. Committee Member, New York State Bar Association

Elizabeth Grogan, Esq. Committee Member, O'Connor First




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