Edwards Wildman Program for Military Veterans in Civilian Workforce Comes to Boston

This year, the Boston office of Edwards Wildman will host a former Marine Corps infantryman as an intern in their "Law Firm - Veteran Internship Program (L - VIP)." This program initially launched in 2013 in the firm's London office. It is intended to give ex-service men and women the opportunity to develop marketable civilian job skills and make industry contacts through a paid work experience placement. The placement focuses on general office functions like Finance, HR, IT and Marketing, and does not require a candidate to have prior experience in a law firm environment.

As a result of the program's success overseas, the L-VIP has been expanded to the United States. The first US candidate in the L-VIP program is Dwayne Smith, who will complete a six-week rotation across two offices over the summer. Smith is a 23 year old resident of Methuen, MA who left active service with the Marine Corps at the end of May 2014. During his 4+ years as an infantryman, he saw service in Haiti and Cuba, as well as combat duty in Afghanistan. After his time in the firm's Providence office, Smith will spend three weeks at Edwards Wildman in Boston, where he will learn how to work with records, in the firm's library, and in marketing.

"After my time away from Massachusetts to serve in the military overseas, I am extremely grateful to return home and to work for such a highly regarded law firm," said Smith. "I love being back in the city of Boston, which reminds me of spending my youth with my family and friends. I am grateful to Edwards Wildman for establishing this one-of-a-kind opportunity, and to the wonderful lawyers and staff for making me feel at home and taking me under their wing."

The L – VIP is an initiative of the firm's ex-Service Men's and Women's Affinity Group. This group is comprised of various members of Edwards Wildman, both attorneys and staff, who wish to find practical ways of helping former military members. The Affinity Group is chaired by Bob McGowan, the firm’s Global Director of Finance & Accounting and former Army officer. 

In addition to training deserving veterans looking to transition to the civilian workforce, Edwards Wildman aims to inspire other law firms and companies in the United States and United Kingdom to consider offering a similar program of their own.