Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland

Summer Scholars Pipeline Program

A Pipeline of Future Leaders

About

The Summer Scholars Pipeline Program is a concerted effort by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland to encourage the hiring of diverse attorneys in the County.  The Program partners with specialty bar associations like APABA-MD to identify and select talented second-year law students from the area for summer internships with participating Montgomery County law firms.  Internships commence on or about June 1st and run through August 15th, approximately.  Each student will be paid a stipend of at least $8,000 for the summer internship.  Firms that participate in the Program include Shulman Rogers, Lerch Early, Whiteford Taylor, the Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse, LLC, and Stein Sperling.  Law schools that have participated include University of Maryland, George Washington University, and American University. 


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Summer Scholar Success Story: Nida Kanwal

Nida Kanwal was a Summer Associate at Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. in 2014. Nida received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a B.A. with Honors in Government & Politics, Minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Pre-Law. Nida recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. During her time in law school, Nida was a Staff Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review, a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Legal Skills and Introduction to Advocacy, a Student Mentor for the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Truancy Court Program, a winner of the Pro Bono Challenge, Platinum Certificate, an inductee of the Heuisler Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa, and a recipient of various scholarship awards. In addition to clerking at Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd., Nida was a Summer Associate and Law Clerk at other prestigious law firms. She was also a Judicial Intern to Judge Lynne A. Battaglia on the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Nida is currently a Judicial Clerk to Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. on Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals of Maryland. 

“My experience at Lerch Early & Brewer, Chtd. through the Summer Scholars Pipeline Program was incredible! The Program connected minority law students to attorneys and judges in Montgomery County, Maryland. Firms involved in the program truly value enriching our legal community by bringing diversity into their firms. Lerch Early was invested in my success and future. Bill Goldberg, who oversees the Summer Associate Program at Lerch Early, did an excellent job of mentoring and guiding me throughout the process. The experience prepared me for what to expect as a young attorney and I look forward to joining the ranks of Montgomery County practitioners!”

Get in touch

If you would like more information about how to get involved in Summer Scholars Pipeline Program, please contact

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Law Firms Interview Law Students

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, law school candidates interviewed with various local firms at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  The Honorable Sharon V. Burrell spoke to the law school candidates about maintaining integrity and professionalism in the practice of law.  APABA-MD congratulates these students for their accomplishments and commends the firms for fulfilling their commitment to diversifying their hires.  

Summer Scholars have been selected!

Congratulations to Priyanka Cohen, Kyle Dechant, and Ashima Talwar!  Priyanka will be working at Shulman Rogers, Kyle will be working at Whiteford Taylor and Ashima will be working Stein Sperling in the summer of 2017.  


The Program connected minority law students to attorneys and judges in Montgomery County, Maryland. Firms involved in the program truly value enriching our legal community by bringing diversity into their firms.
— Nida Kanwal