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Chicago Associate Jane Kwak spoke on a panel recently at the American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). The program is dedicated to providing opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, women and students who identify themselves as LGBTQ. 

Kwak discussed diversity trends in private practice and shared tips for interviewing with large law firms, focusing on how students can capitalize on networking opportunities for the on-campus interview process. Kwak has been involved with JIOP as an alumni mentor and volunteer for more than four years. In addition, she clerked for a judge with the JIOP Program while attending law school at the University of Notre Dame.

A member of BCLP’s Environmental & Commercial Litigation Groups, Kwak identifies and manages environmental risk for clients in real estate transactions and advocates for clients facing various types of litigation. She works with a wide range of industries, including real estate development, banking, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Committed to advancing diversity at BCLP, Kwak also assists with Lawyer of Color (LOC)/Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) associate development, and acts as a liaison between mid-level LOC/BAME associates and the Executive Committee.