Diversity in the American legal profession has been a concern for decades. Minority groups continue to be grossly underrepresented in legal organizations, particularly among the leadership ranks of law firms, legal departments of major U.S. companies, and the federal government. The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) believes it is imperative that the legal profession, specifically the tech bar, reflects the full spectrum of talent, perspectives, and experiences represented in the broader populace.


The FCBA is launching the Diversity Pipeline Program to attract, develop, and support diverse law students who are interested in pursuing legal careers in technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) law and policy. The Pipeline Program is an employment program with a legal skills development component that will facilitate access to paid summer 2021 legal internship opportunities for 1st year law students from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

Through the Pipeline Program:

Diverse 1st Year Law Students who demonstrate a sincere interest in TMT law and policy will receive substantive legal skills training and mentorship, FCBA network access, and qualify for a paid internship opportunity with participating employer-organizations specialized in TMT law and policy.

Diversity Pipeline Employer-Organizations, including law firms, companies, think-tanks, advocacy organizations, and government agencies will be connected to trained and highly motivated diverse 1st year law students with a keen interest in TMT law and policy.

Diversity Pipeline U.S. Accredited Law School Partners will team up with the FCBA on substantive TMT related curricula and receive access to the FCBA network for career panels and other opportunities for their diverse 1st year students.

If you have questions, comments, or feedback about the program, please contact Rudy Brioché (rudy_brioche@comcast.com) or Celia Lewis (cecelewis@gmail.com).

For more details, watch the informational webinar:
Event: FCBA Diversity Pipeline Program Informational Webinar for Students, Faculty, Administration, and Employers
Topic: Creating Opportunities in Tech, Media, and Telecom: Summer 2021 Internships for Diverse First-Year Law Students
Description: In this informational webinar, tech bar leaders will share their perspectives on the importance of diversity in the law and legal opportunities in TMT, and FCBA committee chairs will share details on the purpose, timeline, and application process of the Pipeline Program.
Attendees are encouraged to read this seminal piece by FCBA member Lisa Fowlkes: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-students-color-should-consider-careers-telecom-sector-fowlkes/?trackingId=rwvnjCmNT9m8%2FRdXFMMh%2BQ%3D%3D