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Law interns to be honored at event

Nine local high school students who have benefited from Buffalo's first-of-its-kind law industry summertime internship program and their mentors will be honored Monday at an Erie County Hall luncheon.

Paula L. Feroleto, administrative judge of the state's Eighth Judicial District and founder and architect of the innovative three-year-old summer jobs program, said she will give special thanks to her colleagues during the affair in the courthouse's second-floor ceremonial courtroom.

Feroleto said that under the program students from county public high schools get six to eight weeks of paid employment and mentoring "and gain valuable experience in the legal community."

Feroleto said she is grateful that the legal community, which is one of the largest employers in downtown Buffalo, was so willing to participate and provide capable students with "exposure to work in a professional setting," given the high unemployment rate for city residents and summer job seekers.

Attending the luncheon will be Bennett High School student interns Ryan Montgomery, Justin Richardson, Crystal Collins, Deborah Collins and Cheyenne Katter-Franklin.

Also, Julian Patterson of Leonardo da Vinci High, Brei Jamison of Emerson School of Hospitality, Mercy Walelo of International Prep and Tristan Rose of Amherst High.

Mentors who will be honored are John T. Bair of Forge Consulting, a law industry consulting firm, and lawyers Christopher Mattingly, Marc Panepinto, Jeffrey Perla, Richard Barnes, John Lipsitz, Heath Szymczak and John P. Feroleto, the judge's husband.

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