June 7, 2010 – Out of a total of nine law students statewide, three from Brooklyn Law School have been chosen to receive the prestigious Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The program provides placements in corporate legal offices with compensation of $6,000 for each student.
The BLS students are Anita N. Aboagye-Agyeman ’11, who will work at Pfizer, Inc.; Yamicha Stephenson ’12, at the New York Power Authority; and Irene Tan ’11, at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Now in its fifth year, the program’s goal is to increase the representation of lawyers and students from a diverse range of backgrounds in corporate legal departments, and to provide the students with an opportunity to experience in-house legal practice.
Aboagye-Agyeman is very active in campus life as Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Black Students Association (BLSA), and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Appellate Advocacy Division.
She has been a constitutional law teaching assistant to Centennial Professor of Law Susan Herman, and a judicial intern with Sherry Klein Heitler, the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters of the First Judicial Department of New York. She has interned at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and participated in the BLS Criminal Appeals Defense Clinic. Earlier, she was a summer intern at the Children’s Law Center and, before entering law school, worked as a research associate at the Ketchum Research Network. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she was raised in Ghana.
Yamicha Stephenson is in a joint degree program, earning a J.D. at Brooklyn Law and an MBA at Baruch Zicklin School of Business. Among her many work and internship experiences, she has been a paralegal at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the Early Case Assessment Bureau (ECAB), where she also interned before college. Last summer, she worked in the New York City Police Department’s Legal Bureau within the Civil Enforcement Unit. She has also participated in the BLS Criminal Practice Externship interning at the Kings County District Attorney's Office - Money Laundering & Revenue Crimes Bureau (Rackets Division). She will be a judicial intern this fall for Justice Richard B. Lowe III in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Stephenson is an Executive Board member and former Treasurer of Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI), and a member of the BLS Corporate and Securities Law Society, the International Law Society, and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).
A graduate of Boston College - Carroll School of Management, before entering law school she was a legal assistant at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and interned at Citigroup Smith Barney and Goldman Sachs.
Irene Tan is Executive Articles and Symposia Editor of the Journal of Law and Policy, and her article, “Knock It Off, Forever 21! The Fashion Industry’s Battle Against Design Piracy,” will be published in the Spring 2010 issue. Tan served as Academic Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She was awarded BLS’ Academic Achievement Scholarship, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Richardson Scholarship, and a Centennial Grant.
Tan is a research assistant to Centennial Professor of Law Roberta S. Karmel, who is a former commissioner of the SEC. She also interned at the Division of Enforcement at NYSE Regulation, Inc. and at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In addition, she has been a judicial intern for Judge Ramon E. Reyes Jr. of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York.
After graduating from Cornell University, Tan worked as a capital markets paralegal at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. She also worked for two summers as a corporate paralegal at Mayer Brown LLP.