The York County Bar Association (YCBA) and, its charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation (YCBF) believe that, although it is important to promote more minorities to senior level positions within the legal profession, those efforts will be hampered if there are still too few minorities who decide to enter the profession in the first place. Beginning in 2005, the YCBA convened its Diversity Committee to look at ways in which diversity in the legal profession could be enhanced. Programs were initiated to encourage minority students to consider law-related employment within the York community. In 2007, the Diversity Committee encouraged the Bar Foundation to establish the Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship program and began efforts to raise funds for this purpose. The internship is named after the late Honorable Clarence Nicholas Patterson, Jr., who was a pioneer for diversity and served as York County’s first African-American judge.
The Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship Program provides internship opportunities for eligible minority first or second year, full-time law students. Interns receive $6,000 for a 10-week long summer internship in York County and opportunity to attend York County Bar Association activities and meet other York County Bar members. Past applicants have been placed with the Office of the Public Defender but other options are also being explored. The deadline for submission of application materials has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019.
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