Marc Whitehead - October 2019

DISABILITY DIGEST

October/November 2019

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OPENING THE DOOR TO EDUCATION Our Sponsorship of Cristo Rey Students

F or the second year in a row, our firm is sponsoring students from Cristo Rey Jesuit, a college preparatory high school that offers a rigorous education to students from low-income families in the Houston area. Becoming a sponsor for their work-study program was an easy decision because their mission resonates with us. They want to make education more accessible to underserved students to help them succeed in college and beyond. As we’ve shared with you in the past, education is something we value as individuals and as a law firm. From helping students fund their education through scholarships to providing hands- on learning experiences that help young people decide what they want to do with their future, we know that opening the door to education opens a whole new world. When we learned about Cristo Rey’s unique Corporate Work-Study program, we knew we wanted to get involved. Through this program, students are placed in work-study positions with Houston businesses, where they can earn up to 50% of the cost of their education. As a sponsor, we host four work-study students in our legal departments and help them learn about the legal field.

she got from working as an intern in a law firm, but, even more so, she appreciated the relationships she built during her time here. Working with our legal team and getting to hear their own career experiences helped Julissa make the final decision as to which college to attend. We wish Julissa all the best as she furthers her academic studies at Sam Houston State University and continues down the road to her professional destination. Our experience with Julissa and the other interns was enlightening. It showed us that adults can learn as much from younger generations as they can learn from us. We look forward to meeting our 2019–20 interns from Cristo Rey as they make their way to our firm this fall. We know it’s going to be another great year! -Marc Whitehead

“Our experience with Julissa and the other interns was

enlightening. It showed us that adults can learn as much from younger generations as they can learn from us.”

One of the stellar students who interned with us last year was Julissa Martinez, a senior with aspirations to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Julissa worked with us throughout the 2018–19 school year, and in that short amount of time, we bonded with her and got to know this bright, motivated young student. During her final presentation, we truly got to understand what this experience meant to her. She appreciated the insight and perspective

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