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Building a Pipeline: High School Students Visit CUNY Law

November 15, 2010

On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 15 tenth-grade students and two teachers from Brooklyn Generation, a NYC public school housed in the South Shore High School complex, visited CUNY Law. The program is an initiative of CUNY Law’s Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession, which is directed by Professor Pamela Edwards. The Center for Diversity, among its other projects, aims to develop a pipeline for engaging young people from underrepresented communities in considering a career in law.

The day began with a rousing welcoming speech by Dean Michelle Anderson. Next a faculty panel, comprised of Professors Angela Burton, Pamela Edwards, Mercer Givhan, Babe Howell, and Carmen Huertas, addressed the group. The panelists described their background and paths to law school and gave the students advice about how to prepare themselves for college and law school. During lunch, CUNY Law students Jamaal Bailey, Jhounelle Cunningham, Izek Fortunato, Amanda Prescott, Carlos Santiago also gave the high school students advice about their futures. In the final session of the day, the students took part of the trial of The State v. Goldilocks where Goldilocks was on trial for the burglary of the house of Mr. And Ms. Bear and their son. One half of the group represented the prosecution and the other half represented the defendant.

Students from Brooklyn Generation meet with Prof. Pamela Edwards, Dir. of the Center for Diversity, and CUNY Law students to talk about exploring a career path as a lawyer. Photo by Natali Kun.

Students from Brooklyn Generation meet with Prof. Pamela Edwards, Dir. of the Center for Diversity, and CUNY Law students to talk about exploring a career path as a lawyer. Photo by Natali Kun.

(l-r) CUNY Law students Carlos Santiago, Jamaal Bailey, Jhounelle Cunningham, Amanda Prescott, & Izek Fortunato. Photo by Natali Kun.

(l-r) CUNY Law students Carlos Santiago, Jamaal Bailey, Jhounelle Cunningham, Amanda Prescott, & Izek Fortunato. Photo by Natali Kun.

 

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