Students from The Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice in Brooklyn visit Hunton & Williams LLP in New York.
December 19, 2016
Students from The Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice, a small public high school in Brooklyn, spent December 15 at Hunton & Williams LLP with more than 30 lawyers, paralegals and staff from the firm’s New York office to gain an inside view of the practice of law. The day of learning was part of the law firm’s participation, for the third year in a row, in the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program .
As part of the day’s agenda, students explored First Amendment issues while debating a school policy; prepared and simulated a Supreme Court argument that dealt with warrantless cell phone searches and the Fourth Amendment; and attended a career seminar. Prior to the event, teams of Hunton & Williams lawyers traveled to the school to teach the students about the relevant issues.
“We had so much fun working with the students, many of whom seemed very interested in the possibility of becoming lawyers,” said Anthony Bonan, a senior attorney on the Hunton & Williams real estate team who organized this year’s event in conjunction with Joy Dingle from Street Law, Inc. and Kia Turner from The Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice. “I’m very proud of our lawyers and staff and applaud their enthusiastic support of this year’s program.”
New York real estate partners Matthew A. Scoville and Brett L. Gross have taken a lead role in coordinating the program over the last three years. Scoville added: “We truly enjoy the opportunity to teach young people in our community about the law and legal profession and to give them a glimpse of the many opportunities that exist in our profession.” Gross noted: “It was a rewarding experience for everyone at the firm who participated.”
Hunton & Williams' New York real estate team has taken a particular interest in managing this program, with many of the team’s 31 lawyers taking part. The real estate team, which was established five years ago, hopes to expand its participation in the NALP/Street Law program as it continues to grow.
The Legal Diversity Pipeline Program connects law firms with diverse groups of high school students to teach them about the law and legal careers, encourage them to pursue legal careers, and offer them support in that pursuit.
About Hunton & Williams LLP
Hunton & Williams is a global law firm of more than 750 lawyers serving clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for a diverse client base, with significant experience in retail and consumer products, energy, financial services, real estate, and privacy and cybersecurity. Visit www.hunton.com and follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About The Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice
The Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice (SLJ) is a small, public high school located in downtown Brooklyn, with around 440 students in Grades 9-12. Their mission is to prepare their students, many of whom come from underserved communities around the borough and will be the first in their family to attend college, for success in college and career. "Knowledge of the Law is Power in the World." Visit www.sljhs.org.
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Legal Diversity Pipeline Program for Law Firms