ALBANY-Nine New York law students have been recognized as 2012 Kenneth G. Standard Interns by the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association.

The Kenneth G. Standard Internship Program places students from diverse backgrounds in the legal departments of major corporations and nonprofit organizations for the summer. Host companies include PepsiCo, Con Edison and The Legal Aid Society in New York City.

"Programs like the Kenneth G. Standard Internship Program are integral to ensuring that the ranks of our profession and association grow in diversity," said State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City). "Students gain invaluable experience and opportunities they otherwise might not have had. In turn, they open doors for other diverse students and create a new world of possibilities."

This year's interns are:
• Oluwatosin (Tosin) Ademuwagun, City University of New York School of Law, intern at Con Edison.
• Paul J. Ahn, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, intern at PepsiCo.
• Emily J. Freeborn, New York Law School, intern at PepsiCo.
• Scarlett Lopez Freeman, St. John's University School of Law, intern at Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
• Mercedes Hobson, New York Law School, intern at Pitney Bowes.
• Katerina M. Kramarchyk, Albany Law School, intern at New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation.
• Jennifer Ng, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, intern at AllianceBernstein.
• Rasheda Nipu, Syracuse University College of Law, intern at The Legal Aid Society in New York City.
• Yusuf Olawale Oriola, Hofstra University School of Law, intern at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

The program was created in 2005 to honor Kenneth G. Standard, the second African-American to serve as president of the State Bar Association. A member of the law firm Epstein Becker & Green, he is noted for his long-standing commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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