Diversity Clerkship program

The Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) renews their commitment to the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program previously co-sponsored by the Monroe County Bar Association, Rochester Black Bar Association, and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys.  In the wake of current events, the need for a diverse attorney pool is imperative to bringing different perspectives and strong support to the legal community in Monroe County.  The RBBA is proud to announce that it will solely manage and support the clerkship program, and it will be renamed the Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) Honorable Roy W. King Diversity Clerkship Program.

The RBBA Honorable Roy W. King Diversity Clerkship program seeks to increase the population of attorneys of color in the Greater Rochester legal community by offering legal clerkships and mentorship to law students of color from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in the legal profession who have completed their first year in law school. Through corporate, governmental and law firm summer internships, law students of color can be attracted to pursue a legal career in the Greater Rochester area.

The goal is to launch the revamped program in the Summer of 2022. As a part of the revamping of the program, we anticipate partnerships with pre-law programs such as CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.) and the Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Institute to broaden our applicant pool.  In addition, our goal is to provide housing for our clerkship participants.  We want to partner with our local educational institutions to utilize their dormitories for summer placement of our clerks.  Also, there are many additional funding sources available, however, there is a need for a professional grant writer to access those funds. From the funds raised in this campaign, we are seeking to hire a grant writer for aggressive acquisition of available funds. Lastly, there is a need to hire a part-time administrative staff person to assist us in managing this program.  Members of the Rochester Black Bar Association are volunteers and to effectively run this program, hired staff is necessary.

You can be a sponsor of the Honorable Roy W. King Diversity Clerkship program.  The sponsorship levels are as follows:

Organization levels

  • Platinum $10,000.00
  • Gold $7,500.00
  • Silver $5,000.00

Individual Levels

  • Platinum $3,500.00
  • Gold $2,000.00
  • Silver $1,000.00

For a tax deductible donation, please send your donation to:

Rochester Black Bar Foundation, Inc.

Attn: Hon Roy W. King Diversity Clerkship Program

PO Box 14569

Rochester, New York 14614

Thank you for your willingness to support our efforts.  We look forward to the development of true diversity and inclusion in our legal community.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Shani Curry Mitchell

President