Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).
The SAL program consists of a group of outstanding 9th grade students from various public schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, a school district where 92% of the students are Latino and 75% qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. SAL members attend six consecutive weeks of Saturday morning classes which emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Additionally, the group participates in activities that create an understanding and excitement about the field of law.
Seven members of the SAL program visited Allen Matkins. Allen Matkins Associate, Matt Fogt, served as office tour guide and the students (many of whom had never been in a multi-level office building) appeared interested in everything they saw. They were impressed by Allen Matkins’ professional yet fun environment and the friendliness of the attorneys and staff.
After the tour, the students and about 15 associates and partners got together for an informal pizza lunch. Attorneys offered insight into the legal profession and discussed their favorite (and not-so-favorite) aspects of the profession.
The students were given a fun Allen Matkins swag bag, with the most popular items being a set of Allen Matkins I-Pod speakers and thumb drive. It was a great experience for all involved and Allen Matkins distinguished itself as having the most attorney participation of the six different firms that hosted such similar office visits.