Munger, Tolles & Olson hosted an orientation program, a series of panel discussions, and a welcome reception for the newest members of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) on June 4, 2009 at the United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. The JIOP, sponsored by the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, provides minority and financially disadvantaged first- and second-year law school students the opportunity to spend a summer working for state and federal judges from around the country by matching the students with judges and providing the students with a monetary award.
Munger Tolles attorneys Lisa Demsky, Kimberly Encinas and Marina Torres spoke at the reception. Ms. Demsky, who helped organize this year's program in Los Angeles, gave opening remarks and provided background on the Program. Ms. Encinas participated in a panel on diversity recruitment at law large firms, and Ms. Torres participated in a panel entitled “The Life of An Extern or Law Clerk And Beyond.” Other speakers at the orientation included Hon. Robert Kwan, Hon. Consuelo Marshall, Hon. Richard Paez, and Hon. Fumiko Wasserman. The firm has been a sponsor of the program for several years and has hosted the reception in the past, and was proud to host the event this year.
Lisa J. Demsky is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Demsky’s practice consists of a wide range of complex litigation and includes the areas of intellectual property, entertainment law, unfair competition and business practices, professional negligence, fraud and business torts. Ms. Demsky joined the firm in 1998 after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996, serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Cynthia H. Hall in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1996-97, and teaching as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at University of Chicago Law School from 1997-98.
Kimberly D. Encinas is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Encinas’ practice is principally focused on general business litigation. She joined the firm after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler of the United States Court, Central District of California.
Marina A. Torres is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Torres joined the firm after externing for Judge Dale Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.