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SIDEBAR FEATURE

My Robert E. Slota, Jr.
1L Diversity Program Story
By Sandra Graise, 2019 Participant

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t the conclusion of the Robert E. Slota, Jr. 1L Diversity
Program, all the participants were asked to come up with one
word to describe their summer experiences. One word instantly
jumped at me, and continues to resonate with me until this day.
Invaluable. Simply put - the experience provided by the Montgomery
Bar Association (and the respective host firms) was one-of-a-kind. From
speaking with fellow participants as well as friends from law school who
did not participate in the program, it is evident that this program is
unlike any other.

Sandra Graise

From the very first day at orientation, I could tell that this program
would be different. I walked into a room of pre-selected mentors
who were not only excited to be there, but eager to connect with the
incoming class of interns. Introductions were made, and soon after, a
reception filled with an overwhelming number of host representatives
was held. To say the least, it was surprising to see the turnout of all the
attorneys from the host firms. It is well-known that attorneys are very
busy, but it was obvious that they had all prioritized this program and
its kick-off.
My first four weeks were spent with Sherr Law Group, located in
Norristown, Pennsylvania. I hit the ground running, preparing for a
week-long civil trial. The morning the trial was set to begin, I walked
into the court room with Anthony Sherr (partner at Sherr Law Group)
all set to observe the trial. Little did I know, I was in for a bigger treat.
Sherr directed me to counselor's table, and handed me a packet of
questionnaires. He then proceeded to explain that those were jury
questionnaires, and the task was to sift through them to determine who
we would want in our jury pool. Essentially - I was being tasked to
help with voir dire. As the days and week continued, Sherr continued to
enlist my opinions on various aspects of the trial, all while having me sit
at counselor's table. Unbeknownst to me, I was second-chairing my very
first trial.

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