News 07.05.16

Segal McCambridge New York Office Hires Legal Interns Through Thurgood Marshall Summer Internship Program

The New York office of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney has hired two new interns through the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program. The interns, Lianna Dumeng and Leon Alper, will work with East Coast Office/HR Manager Matt Frederick and Litigation Support Project Manager Gabriel Cubero on various legal document support projects throughout the office.

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer. It is supported by the New York City Bar in an effort to enhance diversity in the legal profession. Students are selected to participate based on personal interviews and academic excellence. In addition to their work within the firm, the interns attend a law class at Columbia University and a diverse career opportunities panel, and participate in a mock trial and a job shadow week. 

After just a few weeks on the job, Dumeng says she has already learned much more than she would have thought through her internship.

"Being exposed to actual everyday legal procedures has been especially eye-opening. It has greatly intrigued me how much you may learn when you are involved with a very specific type of law such as Asbestos Litigation," she says. "Being able to work alongside incredibly knowledgeable, but also incredibly friendly attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants has been wonderful."

Alper also says he was surprised by how involved he is able to become in the details of the cases Segal McCambridge attorneys are working on. 

"For starters, I have learned just how vital doing adequate research is for every case. Knowing background information as well as underlying details can be all that is needed to make a major discovery about the case’s future prospects," Alper says. "Along the same lines, the need for continuous communication between clients and representatives has become apparent as I indexed massive files full of important documents and conversations."

Both interns will work with the firm until school resumes in August.