Introducing the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc.

New York, New York – November 16, 2015 – Representatives from the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program (“SCS HSJIP”) and The Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program (“JMB JIP”) merged this Summer to form the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc.

The SCS HSJIP was founded in 2014 by Celina Cabán as part of her work with the Ms. JD Fellowship Program. The mission of the program is to encourage diverse high school students from underserved communities to pursue careers in the law. With the guidance of Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and support of the Justice Resource Center, the program hosted seventeen students its first year and more than doubled in size its second year.

The JMB JIP was founded in 2009 by Linda S. Lin, Senior Counsel, Senior Complex Claims Director at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, when the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage (“AJHH”), the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”), the Asian American Law Fund of New York (“AALFNY”), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”), the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc. (“NYWBAF”), the Puerto Rican Bar Association (“PRBA”), and the South Asian Bar Association of New York (“SABANY”) joined together to offer law students who have completed at least one year of law school the opportunity to enhance and complement their legal education as summer judicial interns in New York metropolitan area courthouses. Since 2009, JMB JIP grew from a nine intern program to an over 30 intern program.

SCS HSJIP’s Founder Celina Cabán is “particularly excited about the ability to provide additional resources and mentorship to underserved high school youth.”

JMB JIP’s Founder Linda S. Lin is “thrilled and honored to be joining forces with SCS HSJIP and developing a deeper pipeline program.”

The Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession by educating and empowering students from underserved communities and diverse backgrounds. The Program exposes high school students to legal careers through judicial internships in state and federal courts, educational workshops, and mentorship opportunities. The Program also places law school students in judicial internships to introduce them to the state and federal judicial systems and sharpen their legal research and writing skills.

Our goal is simple, to educate and empower our students.

Applications for 2016 summer internships are now available at

Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc.
Rosevelie Márquez Morales, President at [email protected].