Sedgwick Chicago Hosts Intern from the Posse Program
Sedgwick Chicago hosted its first Posse intern this summer as part of the firm's Diversity Pipeline Initiatives. The Diversity Pipelines Initiative is geared towards expanding diverse attorneys in the field of law. There were 2(?) Posse interns in Sedgwick's offices in 2012.
The internship was overseen by managing partner Cathy Sugayan. The comprehensive mentorship and professional development program offered the Sedgwick intern, Ermelinda Villagomez, the chance to attend and participate in multiple case status hearings and oral arguments along with the opportunity to work alongside various attorneys and prepare summaries of deposition and ongoing cases. [She] The intern is a graduate of Pomona College in Los Angeles, California and will be attending Columbia Law School in the fall of 2012.
Posse is a college access and youth leadership development program founded in 1989. The program identifies, recruits and selects student leaders from public high schools and sends them in groups called Posses (multicultural teams made up of 10 students) to some of the top colleges and universities in the country. The students obtain four-year, full tuition leadership scholarships to these universities. Sedgwick's pipeline initiative conducted in conjunction with Posse is but one of several pipeline initiatives the firm has developed in an effort to increase the number of diverse lawyers in the legal pipeline from start to finish. The firm has also undertaken a law school pipeline initiative with the goal of offering legal internships to diverse first-year law students to provide them with needed experience to successfully compete for and attain second-year summer clerkships and ultimately land positions in law firms upon graduation. The firm also collaborates with the Girls Inc. charity to host high school interns in several offices under its SAGE program, rounding out the pipeline. In addition, the firm is actively involved with the San Francisco Bar Association Mock Trial Diversity Program and supports the Caribbean Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program.
"Interning at Sedgwick LLP was one of the most enriching experiences, both professionally and personally, I have had. Being introduced to life at a law firm and the multiple components of it- networking through The Women's Forum Flower Decor Event, conducting legal research, and becoming familiar with a few legal concepts in insurance- helped make my experience at Sedgwick LLP a great foundation to begin law school and commencing my career in a law firm."