Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman and FMU Launch Program to Foster Next Generation of Black Lawyers

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MIAMI, FL—Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman (WSH) and Florida Memorial University (FMU) have partnered to launch the FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program. Attorney Chanae Wood, Chair of Weiss Serota’s Diversity & Inclusion Program, and Alexander Rundlet, Esq., Chief Strategist at FMU’s Social Justice Institute, will lead the new program, which is set to launch with its first students this fall.

The FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program is designed to locate and inspire students to consider careers in the legal profession. Through collaboration with regional high schools and other organizations, the program will create a pipeline of talented students who are college-ready and prepared to successfully pursue undergraduate degrees in Law and Government from Florida Memorial University and ultimately enter law school.

The goal of the program is to create a talent pipeline from secondary to postsecondary institutions to educate and mentor future attorneys, judges and law professors. Key components of the program include career-readiness clinics, mentorships and internships to instill students with the values of leadership, character, service, scholarship and accountability, and to expose participants to the work of social justice and connect them with social justice practitioners to prepare the next generation of change agents.

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