December 9, 2009
CUNY School of Law’s Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession and Admissions Office, teamed up with the New York State Bar Association to co-sponsor a very successful Youth Law Day on November 20, 2009. Almost 100 New York City public high school students participated in the Youth Law Day, representing the Bronx High School for Law Government and Justice, Flushing High School, William Cullen Bryant High School, and Hillcrest High School. “The event was a wonderful opportunity for the only public law school in the City of New York to show public high school students that a career in the law is possible,” said Professor Pamela Edwards, Director of CUNY Law’s Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession.
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson (pictured) delivered an inspiring keynote speech to the students about the path to law school noting tremendous opportunities for success through education and perseverance as well as the importance of giving back. Special thanks are also extended to other attorneys who participated including Sam Abernathy, Assistant DA Linda Griggs and Attorney Michael Bernstein.
“CUNY Law believes it is important to reach out to youth across New York City from all communities so that they know that the legal profession is a viable career option. We are thrilled to work with the NY State Bar Association on making this day a success,” said CUNY Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson.
CUNY law faculty delivered sample law school classes and CUNY Law students discussed with the high school students their paths to law school and shared tips and pointers for success. Faculty who participated included Professors Edwards, David Nadvorney, Rick Rossein, Babe Howell, Julie Lim and Assistant Dean Natalie Gomez-Velez. Staff who organized the event included Prof. Edwards and Prof. Angela Burton along with Assistant Dean Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco and Assistant to the Dean of Admissions, Beverly Ellis.
The following students were central to making Youth Law Day a success: Stephanie Cantave, Nicole Felice, Ebette Fortune, Zelideth Maguina, Latoya Matthew, Amanda Prescott, Gary Redding, Giamara Rosado, Cesar Vargas.