“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”– First Lady Michelle Obama, an accomplished attorney
WHITE PLAINS, NY—The Summer Justice Academy for Young Women begins its sixth year as it welcomes 42 high school female students from diverse and underserved backgrounds throughout Westchester County and New York City. The Academy provides the promising students with an opportunity to participate in a program designed to inspire future educational paths that might lead to careers in the law. Established in 2009 by the Honorable Supreme Court Justice La Tia W. Martin, it is sponsored by Pace Law School and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges.
“We are truly honored to again provide a comprehensive orientation to the legal profession to our promising high school female students,” said the Hon. Justice Martin. “The intensive educational agenda will also assist them in meeting the challenges they will face in a changing world. A component of the continuing sessions after the completion of the summer program will include community service projects in an effort to help those in need.”
The two-week program schedule that begins July 7, 2014 will include classes held at Pace Law School that will be taught by over 40 judges, attorneys, and law professors. Topics covered in the lectures include criminal law, civil procedure, constitutional law, foreclosures, human trafficking, matrimonial law, environmental law, domestic violence and cyber bullying. The professionals have donated their time to lecture and will remain available to the young women as role models and mentors. The group will also travel to Washington, D.C. where they will visit the U.S. Supreme Court, the Capitol, and the White House.
“We are honored to once again host the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women,” said Pace Law School Dean David Yassky. “Pace Law has a long tradition of providing opportunities to students who may be the first in their families to pursue a law degree and we see the Academy as an extension of that goal.”