Pamela Rivera (1L), a TJSL student, has been named to a Diversity Fellowship position at SONY Electronics, through the San Diego County Bar Association and Association of Corporate Counsel-San Diego Diversity Fellowship Program.
“I have been truly humbled by this opportunity and will work very hard to leave a positive lasting impression on my employer,” said Rivera.
To obtain this prestigious fellowship, Rivera was selected for an interview with SDCBA members. Then she was chosen as a finalist and invited to a reception with the actual employers. There, each employer was allowed to give their input as to which candidate they would like to work this summer.
“After the reception, I was notified that I had received an offer to work with Sony Electronics, Inc.,” said Rivera. “I cannot convey through words the level of excitement I felt when I received the offer. This Program gives diverse students the opportunity to gain experience after our first year and exposure to the legal community of San Diego. For a student like me, this presents an unparalleled opportunity to network and create lasting ties to this community because I am originally from the East Coast and did not know anyone in San Diego before moving here for law school.”
The website describes the diversity program as follows:
“The San Diego County Bar Association and Association of Corporate Counsel-San Diego Diversity Fellowship Program (Program) was created in response to the low number of diverse attorneys practicing law in San Diego County law firms and corporate legal departments. The Program provides an opportunity for diverse, first year law students to learn and develop skills necessary to be successful in law firm and corporate legal department environments and exposes law firms and corporate legal departments to qualified individuals who might not otherwise be considered. The Program is modeled after similar initiatives in Sacramento, Puget Sound/Seattle, Cleveland, St. Louis, Columbus, Atlanta, and the Bay Area.”