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High school students intern with local lawyers



probonointernsPictured, from left, front row: Samay Gupchup, Yahilin Munoz, Ali Counton, Kayleigh Stewart. Back row: Chris Empson, Kiley Reeder, Toryan Bryant, Sydnee Valentine. Not pictured: Jeremy Erikson, Trent Carriger, Olivia Watson and John Collins.

From Illinois Business Journal news services

The 3rd Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee coordinated the annual Madison County Intern Program placing local high school students in area law firms for one month in the summer to allow students to experience employment opportunities in the legal field.

This year, 12 students were selected to participate in the program. The MCIP program sub-committee is chaired by Jo Anna Pollock of the Simmons firm.

The participating students and their volunteer attorneys were: Jeremy Erikson from Granite City High School with Bas Law Office; Trent Carriger from Highland High School with Maag Law Firm; Kayleigh Stewart from Granite City High School with Scroggins Law Office; Ali Counton from Collinsville High School with Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland; Samay Gupchup from Edwardsville High School with Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson; Yahilan Munoz of Collinsville High School and Olivia Watson from Edwardsville High School with Unsell & Schattnik; John Collins from Collinsville High School and Christopher Empson from Triad High School with Gori Julian & Associates; Sydnee Valentine from Edwardsville High School with Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen; Kiley Reeder from Edwardsville High School with HeplerBroom; and Toryan Bryant from Edwardsville High School with Simmons Hanly Conroy.

The students went through an application process for selection.

The intern program has more than doubled in size since it started. Madison County students interested in applying may do so through their high schools.

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