WMACCA Chapter

Corporate Scholars Program

WMACCA's Corporate Scholars Program is cultivating the next generation of in-house counsel by providing law students with unique opportunities to experience in-house practice.

WMACCA is proud to announce the 12 members of the Corporate Scholars Class of 2014 and the location of their internships this summer:  

  • Paris Anderson from the David A. Clarke School of Law at University of the District of Columbia, at Apex Systems Inc.
  • Tony Batt from the George Mason University School of Law, at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
  • Matt Corkery from The George Washington University Law School, at BAE Systems Information Solutions, Inc.
  • Kimberly Frazier from the University of Baltimore School of Law, at the Beer Institute.
  • Christina Glover from the Washington College of Law at American University, at Fannie Mae.
  • Mohammad Syed Imaad from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, at NewMarket Services Corporation.
  • Anastasia Liounakos from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, at National Geographic Society.
  • Samantha Rocci from the George Mason University School of Law, at the American Gas Association.
  • Adama Varsey Sirleaf from William & Mary Law School, at XO Communications.
  • Michael Sloan from the Howard University School of Law, at Boston Properties.
  • Sijia Xiang from the University of VIrginia School of Law, at Rosetta Stone.
  • Maya Zegarra from the University of Baltimore School of Law, at Sandy Spring Bank.

Since 2004, WMACCA has provided promising and high-achieving students at law schools in the WMACCA service area with scholarship awards and summer internships in the legal departments of prestigious local companies and organizations. The students experience the full range of corporate practice areas and legal advocacy that in-house counsel handle. As a result, they gain valuable insights into the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.

The Corporate Scholars Program seeks students who have good grades, strong writing skills, previous work experience, and some professional maturity. Because the Program is designed as a "diversity pipeline" program, WMACCA seeks applications from populations that may otherwise lack access to these opportunities. Diversity for this Program is used in its broadest sense and means obtaining a pool of applicants who are reflective of the work force in general and the communities that lawyers serve. 

The internship opportunities afforded these students come from the legal departments of companies that are WMACCA members.  Previous hosts have included large and small departments from public, private and non-profit organizations. Click here to read testimonials from previous host organizations. 

The Program was created with initial grant support from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. It is maintained with generous support from WMACCA, its sponsors, and individual and corporate donors. 

We will open applications for the Class of 2015 at the end of this year.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Denise M. Carl, WMACCA Virginia Regional Coordinator, at Denise.Carl@WMACCA.com, or Ilene G. Reid, WMACCA Executive Director, at Ilene.Reid@WMACCA.com.