The Veen Firm is thinking hard about the cases it will be investigating this summer, because by June, the San Francisco plaintiffs’ shop would like to enlist a law student - or two - to help with the work.
Partner Anthony Label said some of the actions the catastrophic injury plaintiffs handle involve brain injuries, where the lawyers employ experts in the latest imaging technology. Students would get hands on experience working with attorneys investigating and developing evidence, he said, taking key depositions and, “if the stars align, we may have a trial.”
The Veen Firm is one of several expected to participate in the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s first diversity fellowship program, to be rolled out next summer.
Four students, plucked mainly from Bay Area law schools, will be selected to spend three weeks shadowing the work of trial lawyers at three law firms. On offer will be opportunities to attend depositions, hearings, settlement proceedings and client meetings. The firms will be selected by next spring.
Each student will receive a stipend worth $6,000, said Monique Olivier, an attorney at the Sturdevant firm in San Francisco and co-chair of the SFTLA diversity committee. Students from diverse backgrounds (including age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, with disabilities and from various socio-economic levels) can apply at www.sftla.org. The deadline is Feb. 29, 2008.
Law firms, too, will have to go through a selection process. Label said the diversity committee will choose based on each firm’s track record for “high legal ability” and their “busy trial schedule looking at this summer.”
A stellar trial lawyer vacationing this summer need not apply, he added.
[note from the management: Petra is a reporter for The Recorder/Cal Law, and may be contributing periodically here on The Shark.]