Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
Established 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 96 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 its chairs, Erica Jackson, Partner at K&L Gates and Knut Nodeland, Associate General Counsel at Bank of America. The MCB’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee oversees this program.
The following law firms and corporations are participating as a CLDC employers:
Alston & Bird, LLP; Bradley; K&L Gates; Mayer Brown; McGuireWoods, LLP; Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; Troutman Sanders, LLP; and Bank of America; Duke Energy Corporation; Ingersoll Rand; Passport; Wells Fargo & Company. The following law firms are proud sponsors of the CLDC program: Holland & Knight LLP; and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP;
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 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 candidate reception with representatives from the law firms, legal departments and CLDC alumni. 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 2018 program features, among other activities: lunch with state and federal members of the judiciary, professional development workshops and extensive networking opportunities.
Class of 2018, Law School and Summer Employers:
CLDC Class of 2018 Summer Associates
Analilia Gomez – Cornell University School of Law
Troutman Sanders/Duke Energy
Brandon LaRose – Wake Forest School of Law
McGuireWoods/Bank of America
Devin Gregory – Emory University School of Law
Mayer Brown/Duke Energy
Eryn Howington – Howard University School of Law
Parker Poe/Wells Fargo
Fara Soubouti – University of North Carolina School of Law
Jaelyn Miller – University of North Carolina School of Law
Parker Poe/Ingersoll Rand
Jennifer Serrano – University of North Carolina School of Law
Alston & Bird/Duke Energy
Kenya Parrish – Wake Forest University School of Law
K&L Gates/Bank of America
Lissette Payne– University of North Carolina School of Law
Bradley/Bank of America
Shiva Mohan – Vanderbil University Law School
Moore & Van Allen/Wells Fargo