Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
Founded in 2006, the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program operates with one basic goal—to improve diversity in the Mecklenburg County Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships. To date, the CLDC program has hosted 89 first-year students from top law schools. Since 2010, 20 percent of the CLDC alumni have returned to Charlotte for either a second-year clerkship or full-time employment.
The CLDC operates under the leadership of it chair, Brian Heslin, an attorney at Moore & Van Allen and members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The following law firms and corporations are 2017 CLDC employers and/or partners: Alston & Bird, LLP; Bank of America; Duke Energy Corporation; Hunton & Williams, LLP; Ingersoll Rand; K&L Gates; Mayer Brown; McGuireWoods, LLP; Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. and Wells Fargo & Company.
CLDC Clerks are selected from across the country as part of a very competitive selection process. Each applicant provides a resume highlighting legal and undergraduate academic achievements and other professional experiences and grades, along with a statement explaining how the applicant would contribute to the goal of creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte. The initial applicant pool is then narrowed down and interviewed by representatives from the CLDC firms and corporations. The highly qualified candidates undergo a half day of interviews and attend a networking reception with representatives from the law firms, legal departments and the MCB. From there, the clerks selected then become part of the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program.
CLDC students participate in professional and social activities, which provide insight into the lifestyle of practicing law and living in Charlotte. Some of the 2017 program features, among other activities were: breakfast with Mayor Pro-tem Vi Lyles, lunch with state and federal members of the judiciary and extensive networking opportunities with CLDC alumni attorneys at various receptions.
2017 CLDC Clerks, Law School and Summer Employers:
Samantha Aparicio – UNC-Chapel Hill
K&L Gates/Bank of America
Raquel Macgregor – Wake Forest
Moore & Van Allen/Ingersoll Rand
Matthew Macia – Emory
Mayer Brown/Duke Energy
Natalie Minois – UNC-Chapel Hill
Parker Poe/Wells Fargo
Olabisi Ofunniyin – NC Central
McGuire Woods/Wells Fargo
Shane Rogers – Columbia
Alston & Bird/Bank of America
Devon Sherrell – Emory
Robinson Bradshaw/Duke Energy
The 2017 CLDC Clerks