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Brinks Hosts 2nd Annual Just the Beginning Foundation's 2009 Summer Legal Institute

This is the second year Brinks has hosted the event and the first year the firm has partnered with a client to sponsor the program.

The panel introduced the students to intellectual property law basics and discussed memorable cases and projects that make the practice of law exciting and rewarding for them. Students came prepared with a wide range of questions about patents and trademarks, career opportunities in intellectual property law and the business of law. They also sought advice about how to achieve their educational and career goals.

“We are proud that our client Accenture has participated with us in such a worthwhile program. Accenture’s participation allowed us to provide students with information about law firm practice as well as the practice of law and career opportunities in a corporate environment,” said Gustavo Siller, Jr., chair of Brinks’ diversity committee. “We will continue to seek out opportunities to collaborate with Accenture and other clients, to build a better, more diverse and inclusive legal profession.”

Brinks president Gary Ropski welcomed the students. Michael Marchant, senior counsel intellectual property, and Patryce Denson, global trademark lead, both with the Accenture legal group, along with Brinks associates Robert Summers and Danielle Philip and summer associate Raquel Rodriguez, sat on the panel.

“Just the Beginning’s program and outreach reflect our belief that an inclusive culture strengthens our ability to deliver innovative solutions to our clients,” said Wayne Sobon, associate general counsel and director of intellectual property. “Moreover, it’s an excellent fit with our corporate citizenship focus on building skills that benefit both individuals and the communities in which they live and work.”

Just the Beginning Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting students of color and other underrepresented groups by providing free educational and mentoring programs to inspire at-risk students and increase diversity in the judiciary and legal profession. Built on the contributions of African-Americans in the federal judiciary, the foundation offers a series of pipeline programs aimed at keeping underrepresented students of all ages on a path towards a legal career.

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