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On the Town: Students get first-hand look at legal careers

Law Camp students from the Rochester City School District tour the Appellate Division, Fourth Department Law Library on East Avenue.

Law Camp students from the Rochester City School District tour the Appellate Division, Fourth Department Law Library on East Avenue.

Several students participated in programs this summer through the 2013 Law Prep and Law Camp, a project of the Rochester Education Foundation in partnership with Rochester attorney Jack Hurley, who coordinates and supervises the program.

“It’s important for our community to take young people who have an interest in careers in law and nurture and foster that interest,” Hurley said. “Through the Law Camp program, the participants learned about the practice of law and the skills and education required of lawyers”

Six completed local internships in Law Prep: Dominique Archie, who worked in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office; Shacura Clark, Rochester City School District Law Department; Nadia Jones, Seventh Judicial District law library; Brooklynn Lewis, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office; Jahirym Torres-Feliciano, Volunteer Legal Services Project; and Kashii Vanhook, Rochester Teen Court.

Law Camp students had a wide variety of experiences and opportunities including studying law, preparing for and conducting a mock trial, visiting law firms, judges’ chambers, the Appellate Division law library, Teen Court and a Toastmasters’ training.

At Lunch and Learn, students had the opportunity to visit law offices, have lunch with personnel of the firm, and discuss an interesting law case.

Law Camp participants were Christian Adams, Terrell Blake, Imari Bryant, Lexus Burgos, Kayla Clements, Jamila Giles, Sheldon Gray, Tanaijah Griffin, Asia Hoyte, Veroenique Joseph, Diamond Moorehead, Leon Mosley, Alexandria Purdie, Shyasia Sims, Marshae Smith, Christopher Spain, Kenneth Speed, Brianna Vaughn and Breoshena Washington.

“It would be wonderful if some of our participants were motivated to do well in high school and college, go to law school and return to Rochester to practice law,” Hurley said. “I realize that being a lawyer is not for everyone who may be interested in law, so we exposed the youth in the program to other careers in law such as legal secretaries, paralegals and law clerks.”

The program is funded through RochesterWorks’ Summer Youth Employment Program. Other partners included Harter Secrest and Emery LLP, the Telesca Center for Justice and Toastmasters’ International.

— Photos courtesy of the Rochester Education Foundation

Law Camp students from the Rochester City School District tour the Appellate Division, Fourth Department Law Library on East Avenue.

Law Camp students from the Rochester City School District tour the Appellate Division, Fourth Department Law Library on East Avenue.

Rochester City School District attorneys Michael E. Davis and Charles G. Johnson with intern Shacura Clark, center, during the Law Prep and Law Camp Celebration in August at the School Without Walls.

Rochester City School District attorneys Michael E. Davis and Charles G. Johnson with intern Shacura Clark, center, during the Law Prep and Law Camp Celebration in August at the School Without Walls.

Students from the Rochester Education Foundation’s Law Camp at a “Lunch and Learn” session at the Brown & Hutchinson law firm. The event was hosted by attorney Karen Bailey Turner, seated at the head of the table.

Students from the Rochester Education Foundation’s Law Camp at a “Lunch and Learn” session at the Brown & Hutchinson law firm. The event was hosted by attorney Karen Bailey Turner, seated at the head of the table.

Family Court Judge Joan S. Kohout and Shacura Clark at the Law Prep and Law Camp Celebration in August at the School Without Walls. Shacura interned at the Rochester City School District.

Family Court Judge Joan S. Kohout and Shacura Clark at the Law Prep and Law Camp Celebration in August at the School Without Walls. Shacura interned at the Rochester City School District.

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