February 15, 2008
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION WINS NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARD
Association’s New Youth Service Advocate Program Honored
“I am so pleased that we were
able to create a youth-oriented program that not only introduces our
young people to the justice system but also provides them with
opportunities to participate in service projects and encourages their
peers to take part,” New York State Bar Association President
Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP) said.
“Our winning program is reflective of the Association’s long
tradition of quality and innovation and we are delighted to be honored
The winning organizations were honored for creatively reaching out to schools and the community, and forging strong partnerships with other groups to promote the benefits of the rule of law.
NYSBA’s entry combined its Youth Service Advocate Program and a “Mock Trial 101” training video. Through the advocate program, the Association confers honorary designations on young people who certify that they have provided an age-determined quantity of hours of law-related volunteer service in a given year. Participants must identify a need within the court system or other law-related government agencies, develop a project to fulfill that need and write an essay about their experience. The advocate program was initiated on Law Day 2007. Applications are due on March 14, 2008. Plans are to make it an annual program.
The video showcases
William Allen, the ABA 2008 Law Day chair and Award Committee member said, “Not only did the New York State Bar effectively highlight the 2007 Law Day theme, but they did so in a way that will have lasting and long-term effects. By providing youth with the knowledge and skills to educate their peers about the justice system, these students will have a better understanding about how our legal system functions and feel empowered to participate as citizens in our society. The American Bar Association applauds the New York State Bar for such a successful program.”
For information about the Youth Service Advocate Program, call 518/486-1748 or email email@example.com.
Accepting the award from H. William
Allen, ABA’s National Law Day Chair, right, are