Skadden Primes Minority Pipeline with $9.6M Program
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is celebrating its 60th anniversary by funding a $9.6 million honors program designed to encourage minority students at the City College of New York to become lawyers.
The two-year honors program involves course work that complements the school’s undergraduate majors, the New York Law Journal reports. The program will provide financial assistance based on need and merit, counseling and mentoring by Skadden lawyers, and paid summer internships at major law firms.
Partner Joseph Flom, who has been with Skadden since it was founded, said the new program is groundbreaking. “The main thing is to create a pipeline for minorities available for law firms to hire,” he told the publication.
Flom said he was once a struggling City College student too. “They gave me my chance,” he said. “So why shouldn’t other people have a chance?”