Atlanta law firm offers internships to high schoolers to learn more about legal industry careers
Dan Huynh says the legal industry is lagging when it comes to diverse talent.
Huynh, who serves as the chief diversity partner at Morris, Manning and Martin LLP (MMM), says when he was in high school he didn’t have mentors nor did he have access to learn more about careers in the legal industry.
“Generations ago, you really didn’t see Asian American lawyers in Atlanta, or other diverse lawyers being successful,” Huynh explained.
According to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession, the legal industry profession is 86% white.
And on top of lacking diversity, the number of BIPOC men and women lawyers entering the field of law grew slowly over the past decade.
On Tuesday’s edition of “ Closer Look,” Huynh and Alanis Cummings, a former intern at MMM, talked about the organization’s internship program that aims to increase the pipeline of lawyers of color.
If you don’t have lawyers who are diverse, that reflect who we are as a population, you’re going to get underserved populations,” said Huynh.