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Last Updated: April 26, 2017

Keyana Payne

2016 Summer Diversity Fellow

Fellowship Highlights

Payne Keyana


  • Worked in Mayer Brown’s IT Customer Service and Intellectual Property Docket departments.
  • Observed a murder trial supervised by Mayer Brown’s Pro Bobo Advisor.
  • Completed a research project for the NIU Office of General Counsel transactions team.
  • Completed a presentation to the NIU Office of General Counsel and guests on summer experience working at Mayer Brown.

Key Assignments & Lessons Learned

  • Assisted the IP Docket Department in their large task of converting paper files to electronic.
  • Learned about the role and function of the IT Customer Service department within Mayer Brown.
  • Learned about the different types of law practiced at Mayer Brown.
  • Learned about the role and function of the NIU Office of General Counsel.

Description of Summer Experience

This experience is unparalleled to any other internship experience I have had. What made it great was really the dedication I felt from both Mayer Brown and the Office of General Counsel. It was clear that both entities wanted to be a part of my overall success and that feeling is indescribably uplifting. It is an invaluable experience to any student who, like me, is surely going to pursue a career in law. I made new connections, learned what a large firm looks like on the inside, and I learned what a small in-house counsel office looks like on the inside. Overall this experience has been a large motivator to keep going and an inspiration to continue to work toward becoming an attorney.


Keyana is a Northern Illinois University junior undergraduate studying political science. At NIU, Keyana has been active with several organizations including John Henrik Clarke Honors Society, O.B.E.A. Women of SAAS, Pre-law Honors Society and Success and Succeed Plan, a mentoring organization to help new students with the transition into college. Keyana has also been the recipient of a number awards including the Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Science Dean’s list and the Northern Illinois University First and Second Year Experience GPA award. While in high school, Keyana completed an internship at the Chicago office of the law firm Baker & Mckenzie.


B.A., Political Science, candidate, spring 2018, Northern Illinois University

Career Goals

To become an attorney.