The mission of the CDI is to promote and facilitate the growth of diversity and inclusion in the local legal community through education, community involvement, and social engagement with and between people of varying race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, national origin, age and mental and physical disability.
Thank you to all our DIP Donors and Firm Participants
The Diversity Internship Program (DIP) was established in 2010 to provide diverse law students with the opportunity to obtain practical experience in the legal profession and gain exposure to the Palm Beach County legal community while working with local law firms and government agencies. Prior to 2010, the program was known as the Minority Law Clerk Program and focused on providing students with historically disadvantaged backgrounds legal work experience. In expanding the program, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and Committee for Diversity and Inclusion intend that DIP interns will gain valuable work experience, be able to network with local attorneys and members of the judiciary, have opportunities at future employment, and ultimately decide to begin their legal career in Palm Beach County—continuing our broader goal of creating a diverse Bar Association that reflects the diversity of Palm Beach County and the larger community.
Since its creation, law firms from many different practice areas and many different sizes have participated as employers. State and local government agencies also have participated and employed DIP interns. A few previous DIP interns have been offered opportunities for future, permanent employment due to their participation in the program. However, future employment is not guaranteed. Many DIP interns, employed or not, chose upon graduation to relocate to Palm Beach County and are now active members of the Bar Association. We invite each Florida law school to promote our program and have their students participate in this year’s Diversity Internship Program.
Student and Employer Applications may be downloaded using the links below. Law firms that want to participate, but are unable to offer an internship position at their own firm, may still support the DIP through other means. This includes making a financial donation that will sponsor a student’s expenses and travel or provide a salary for an intern employed by a government agency. Law students, law firms, and government agencies that are interested in participating in this year’s DIP should contact Co-Chairs:
You may make a donation to this program by clicking here.
Thank you to the following sponsors of the DIP Summer 2024 program:
|Date||Location||Time & Misc.|
|November 21, 2023||Bar Office||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
|December 19, 2023||Zoom||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
|January 16, 2024||Bar Office||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
|February 20, 2024||Zoom||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
|March 19, 2024||Bar Office||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
|April 16, 2024||Zoom||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
|May 21, 2024||Bar Office||12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.|
The purpose of the campaign is to display and highlight the diversity within the Palm Beach County Bar Association. To access this campaign, please click here.
- December 2023 | Q&A About the Diversity Internship Program – written by Karla M. Armstrong & Shania Grant
- November 2023 | Diversity in Legal Education – written by Marc Hernandez
- October 2023 | Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County: A Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Rights and Equality – written by Kimberly Rommel-Enright
- July/August 2023 | Diversity Amongst Federal Law Clerks – written by Harrell Watts
- April 2023 | Diversity in the Criminal Justice System – written by Cheo Reid & Schnelle Tonge
- March 2023 | The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the Law – written by Nalani Gordon & Marc Hernandez
Are you interested in becoming a judge? Join the Palm Beach County Bar Association in our new Road to the Bench Academy. The Academy is a non-partisan training and mentorship program to encourage diversity on the bench. Whether you’re ready to seek a judicial seat today or in the future, the Academy aims to prepare you. Participants will receive training, courses on various topics related to the appointment and election process to become a judge. For more information regarding this program, please click here.
The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Committee for Diversity & Inclusion will present the Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award at the 2023 Bench Bar Conference. To access this form, please click here.
You may have missed the original challenge in June, but please continue to challenge yourselves to become more aware, compassionate, and engaged in the quest for racial equity. To access this challenge, please click here.