Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative for Brooklyn college students

The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative (BLPI) is designed to provide students from diverse backgrounds, who live or attend college in Brooklyn, direct instruction on how to successfully apply to and fund a law school education. Participants will additionally attend a networking event where they will have the opportunity to socialize with practicing attorneys and judges and identify potential mentors.  Students who attend all sessions will be offered an opportunity to obtain a summer internship. Stipends may be available to defray certain transportation and ancillary costs associated with the internships. This program is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), The Defense Association of New York (DANY) and the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA).

Selected students will attend five (5) two-hour classroom sessions, once a month, starting in February 2018 that will be moderated by volunteer judges, attorneys and law school administrators. Classes will be held at the Brooklyn Bar Association’s landmark building located at 123 Remsen Street in downtown Brooklyn. These classes will be held from 5:30- 7:30 PM on dates to be announced and will address the following topics:

Session 1The Legal Profession – What is a lawyer? What do they do? – Panel discussion with judges and attorneys describing the areas in which they practice.

Session 2 Applying to Law School – Course selection- Time management – Writing skills – IRAC – The LSAT’s – Paying for law school – Guided questions and answer session with a  career counselor and a law school admissions officer.

Session 3Networking and Mentoring – Each participant will be paired with an Attorney Mentor – Developing a resume and cover letter.

Session 4 Internships –Interview Skills – Professionalism.

Session 5Mock Interviews – Each participant will participate in simulated interviews and will receive immediate constructive feedback.

July -August 2018 – Summer Internship Program

Click The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative to download the application, which is also available online at www.brooklynwomensbar.org and www.defenseassociationofnewyork.org.

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Job Readiness Assistance at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

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1/25 Event: Public Safety Forum in Brooklyn Community Board 9

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Free Tax Preparation Services, Starting on January 26

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1/23 Event: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ State of the District Address

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1/20 Event: Women’s March on New York City

WOMENS MARCH_1.20.18.pngPlease join the New York City Council Women’s Caucus and Speaker Corey Johnson on January 20th for a day of action and participation in the WOMEN’S MARCH on New York City. We will meet at 11:00 a.m. at 72nd and Columbus Avenue, and depart sharply by 11:15 a.m. We call on people of all genders to march with us, as part of an international day of action in solidarity.

We will march, wherever we march, for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by on-going political events. We unite and stand together for the dignity and equality of all peoples, for the safety and health of our planet and for the strength of our vibrant and diverse communities.

We will come together in the spirit of democracy, honoring the champions of human rights who have gone before us. Please spread the word, so that our numbers are too great to ignore and the message to the world is clear. The politics of fear and division have no place in 2018.

The strength of our city relies on the determination of its people, working cohesively towards one common goal. In our capacity, as Co-chairs of the Women’s Caucus at the City Council, we have had the opportunity to advocate for some of our city’s most pressing issues affecting women and families and will continue to do so, with pride and tenacity.

Please contact Council Member Laurie Cumbo’s Chief of Staff, Monica Abend with additional questions, by phone at 212.788.7081 or by email at mabend@council.nyc.gov. Please note that Monica will serve as the ‘day of contact’ at the march and can be reached on her mobile at 917.414.1287.

THIS MARCH IS INCLUSIVE AND ALL ARE WELCOME.