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COMMUNITY CONNECTION

LOS ANGELES
LAW FIRMS SUPPORT
CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHTS FOUNDATION'S
(CRF) EXPANDING
HORIZONS INTERNSHIP
(EHI) PROGRAM
BY TANYA RUSSELL, CRF EHI AMBASSADOR,
COMMUNITY CONNECTION AND BP TEAM 2017-2018

CRF Intern, Vanessa Torres with mentor Tanya Russell

Constitutional Rights Foundation ("CRF") is a nonprofit organization dedicated to our nation's youth by
providing them with an opportunity to gain a better
understanding of social responsibility. Founded
in 1962 by a group of lawyers frustrated about
America's "collective ignorance of the Bill of Rights,"
CRF has educated young Americans to not only
improve their understanding of the Constitution, but
to also become active and responsible participants
in our society. Since 1995, CRF has sponsored the
Expanding Horizons Internship Program ("EHI") that
provides first generation, college bound high school
seniors with the hands-on opportunity to intern at
local, top level organizations. Students from low
income high schools who sign up for the EHI program
undergo a rigorous application process in the hope
of gaining a paid summer internship that will prepare
them for both college and a career.
This summer, over twenty-one law firms in the Los
Angeles area will be participating as sponsors for

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summer internships. Interns that are selected will have
the unique opportunity to learn the many aspects of a law
firm, working in office departments from the mailroom/
copy center to records, library and accounting. The interns
also have a chance to meet one-on-one with attorneys
and gain additional insight into career choices and paths to
follow.
Over the last twelve years, Katten Muchin Rosenman
LLP has been a proud sponsor of the EHI Program, and
the attorneys and the staff look forward to opening doors
to future possibilities for our interns. For the last ten of
those years, I have directed the program at the firm and
it gives me great satisfaction mentoring and supporting
the students. I am proud to share that my interns have
gone on to graduate from some amazing colleges and
universities, and many have stayed in touch with me. I am
pleased to share that my intern from last year, Vanessa
Torres, is heading to University of California, Berkeley in
the fall, and my 2012 CRF intern, Ebone Robey, graduated
from there this past weekend. These students have taught
me life lessons in perseverance. n


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