New York State Bar Association has been selected as the winner of a 2015
American Bar Association Partnership Award for promoting diversity in the legal
State Bar’s Youth Law Day program, sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion,
was recognized on Friday, July 31 in Chicago during a joint luncheon of the
National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives
and National Conference of Bar Foundations.
goal of the Youth Law Day program is to introduce diverse high school students
to the legal profession,” said past State Bar President Kenneth G. Standard of
New York City (Epstein Becker & Green). He co-chairs of the Committee on
Diversity and Inclusion with Rosevelie Marquez Morales of New York City (Harris
Youth Law Day provides ethnically diverse
high school students with sense of the law school experience and aims to alter
the notion that law school is unattainable. The centerpiece of Youth Law Day is
an interactive classroom experience led by law school faculty, where students
apply the law to the facts of a case.
“This innovative program would not have
been possible without the forward thinking of Ken Standard,” said State Bar
President David P. Miranda. “We are pleased the ABA has recognized it with a
Miranda, Past Presidents Standard and Kate
Madigan, along with New York Puerto Rican Bar Association President Betty Lugo accepted
the award on behalf of the State Bar.
The idea for the program that was created
by the State Bar in 2004 when then-President Standard convened a special
committee on youth outreach to address inequities in available opportunities
for diverse youth.
The program’s first event was held in 2006
at Fordham Law School. Since then, 11 law schools have sponsored 32 programs
reaching more than 2,000 students. Programs include such topics as how to apply
to law schools, financing education, and what you can do with a law degree. On
average, 50 percent of students who complete the program evaluation indicate
interest in attending law school.
Today, a subcommittee with seven members
maintain contacts at all 15 New York law schools and works to develop programs
at each school.
The New York State Bar Association, with
74,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country.
It was founded in 1876.
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