Philadelphia Associate Kim Nguyen to Speak at American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Orientation


June 2, 2014

On June 3, 2014, Philadelphia associate Kim N. Nguyen will share experience as a judicial intern with a new group of law students at the American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Orientation in Philadelphia, PA. ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program provides students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented opportunities to serve in the profession. The program extends to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Ms. Nguyen worked with ABA JIOP in the summer of 2001 as an intern for The Honorable Sidney I. Schenkier, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, after her first full year of law school. Coming from a background in nursing, Ms. Nguyen had limited experience with legal writing and says she learned intensively about the subject throughout her internship.

“The clerk and judge we were working with were dealing with a wide variety of cases in commercial, civil and criminal litigation, so we were always researching and writing on different opinions,” Ms. Nguyen says. “They were also good at giving us feedback, so we were able to improve a lot over the course of the summer.”

Ms. Nguyen hopes this year’s interns will take advantage of is the numerous connections with judges and clerks that she made throughout the program. She and her fellow interns were able to gain references and letters of recommendation through the program that helped forward their careers.

Ms. Nguyen continues to stay involved with ABA JIOP as it has expanded to cities throughout the country, including her native Philadelphia. She assists students in preparing for their interviews to get into the program and working with the mentorship team in Philadelphia.

“For me, it was about taking advantage of being there and developing the relationships with judges and clerks that can last throughout your career,” Ms. Nguyen says. “Hopefully, these new interns will learn those skills as well.”

The ABA JIOP program was launched in 2001 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and led since 2003 by the ABA Section of Litigation. More than 1,800 interns have already been through the program.

Ms. Nguyen focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, initially in a plaintiffs' law firm and now in defense litigation. She has extensive hands-on experience in all facets of the litigation process. She is responsible for the day-to-day management and defense of medical malpractice, professional malpractice, premises liability, product liability, medical device and mass tort claims filed in federal and state courts across the country, with a specific focus in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.