HNBA Launches Law School—Si Se Puede in Westchester County
Program designed to support high school seniors from under-represented communities towards careers in the law
(White Plains, NY)– Pace Law School, in cooperation with the Hispanic National Bar Association, will be hosting the Kickoff Reception for the HNBA Law School-Si Se Puede Program in Westchester County. The Kick-Off will take place on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the Pace Law campus in White Plains. Law School-Si Se Puede (LSSSP) is designed to support high school seniors from communities traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and mentor them through college and the law school application process and towards careers in the law. Launched this past January in New York City, Tuesday’s event marks the expansion of the program into Westchester County under the direction of Judge Walter Rivera, Town Justice of the Greenburgh Town Court.
“I have had a longstanding interest and involvement with mentoring high school, college, law students and young attorneys,” said Judge Rivera. “The Si Se Puede Program provides yet another avenue for me to continue with this goal of mentoring students that are interested in entering the legal profession. I make the time because it is important to give back and share insights in the same manner that I benefited from my mentors throughout my legal career.”
The Program includes the support of New York judges, attorneys, and current law students who volunteer their time. Scheduled speakers on Tuesday include Judge Rivera, Judge Javier Vargas, Bronx County Housing Court; Marcia Guevara, HNBA Westchester Deputy; and Neysa Alsina, NY Regional President for HNBA and Counsel for NYC Bar Association.
Candidates for the inaugural Westchester class will include low-income high school students, students of color and/or first-generation college applicants. Those selected to participate in LSSSP will receive guidance and support throughout their undergraduate careers in an effort to demystify the legal profession and the law school application process. Students will receive one-on-one mentorship from local attorneys and current law students on such topics as undergraduate course selection, the importance of internships, and prep courses for the Law School Admission Test.
“This program has helped me see the path towards law school more clearly and has given me the tools to hopefully achieve my dreams,” said Brian Kerr, a Fordham University student and part of the first class to enter the program. “My mentor team consists of myself, a local judge, and a Pace University Law student. It is both fascinating and inspiring to hear how they both got to the places where they are today and how I can follow in their footsteps on my journey.”
For further information about LSSSP contact Justice Walter Rivera, Town of Greenburgh Justice Court, 188 Tarrytown Road, White Plains, New York, 10607. If you have questions about the application you can email SiSePuedeWestchester@gmail.com
For press credentials for Tuesday’s event, contact Joan Gaylord, firstname.lastname@example.org