The Maurice A. Deane School of Law recently hosted Youth Law Day, a program designed to encourage minority students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed.
More than 80 students from Hempstead, Uniondale, Westbury and Baldwin high schools participated in Youth Law Day on March 28, 2014. The program, an initiative of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, was co-sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) DiscoverLaw.org campaign, Hofstra University and Hofstra Law.
The day’s activities included an American Bar Association video about the legal profession, a mock law school class, and panel discussions on “The Skills Necessary for College and Law School” and “Diverse Careers in the Law.” The students also heard welcome remarks from Dean Eric Lane of Hofstra Law and Peter Mancuso, president of the Nassau County Bar Association, and a keynote address by Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright of the Town of Brookhaven. The program concluded with tours of Hofstra University.
“The day was about providing opportunities and experiences,” said Hillary Light ’78, a teacher at Hempstead High School. “Our students are as strong as any other students, and with programs like this they can compete on equal footing. One of my students has already expressed an interest in pursuing his legal education and doing so at Hofstra based on what he heard today.”
Hofstra Law faculty, students and alumni presented panels, offered mock classes and led discussions. The event was organized by Hofstra Law administrators Vernadette Horne, director of career and professional development; Aisha L. Joseph, director of career and professional development and director of public sector career planning; Michele LoFaso, director of student affairs; and Franca Sachs, executive director of pro bono, externship and fellowship programs.
Cover photo: Law School Dean Eric Lane talks to local high school students at Youth Law Day