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Pathways to Legal Careers Programs Launch

Monday, June 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On Wednesday, May 31, CBA President-elect Karen DeMeola kicked-off the Pathways to Legal Careers: An Access and Opportunity Pipeline Program at the University of Connecticut School of Law. More than 125 students from Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, Hartford Public High School, and New London High School heard from judges and attorneys about what they do in their current positions, why they pursued a legal career, and what steps students should take towards acceptance into law school.

 

Justice Richard A. Robinson, Judge Sheila M. Prats, and Judge Kenneth L. Shluger spoke about the different types of laws on a panel moderated by Christine Jean-Louis, chair of the CBA Diversity & Inclusion Summit Committee. Attorneys Margaret I. Castinado, Sheila S. Charmoy, Proloy K. Das, and Denise V. Zamore served on a panel of first-generation citizens, moderated by Garlinck Dumont, chair of the CBA Membership Committee; panelist shared their path to their respective legal careers and the numerous choices areas of practice.  Roberta Frick, Director of Financial Aid, UConn School of Law; Kathy A. Kuhar, Associate Dean of Students, Quinnipiac University School of Law; and Diane Whitney, Pre-law Advisor, UConn School of Law, shared the steps students should take to get into and pay for law school, on a panel moderated by Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Students, UConn School of Law.

 

Throughout the event, students were reminded of the importance of strong foundational skills such as the ability to read, write, and speak in public, and the need for a diversity in the future of the legal profession. Keynote speaker Rebecca Kelly Golfman reminded students, “the law is all around us. The law impacts almost every aspect of our lives. Because of that we need to make sure the people writing our laws, the people modeling our laws, and people shaping our laws represent all of us.”

 

The mission of Pathways to Legal Careers is to connect high school students with legal professionals to develop interest in a legal career and establish mentor relationships that will help advance the careers of future young lawyers. The event was the official launch of the program that held events earlier this year.

 

 

 
CBA President-elect Karen DeMeola welcomed students
from Hartford and New London

   
Justice Richard A. Robinson gave students three pieces of advice: (1) Surround yourself with people who support you and mentors that support you; (2) Keep your eyes on the prize; (3) The best future for yourself starts today.
 
         
 
Justice Richard A. Robinson, Judge Kenneth L. Shluger, and Judge Sheila M. Prats served on the "What is the Law?" panel moderated by Christine Jean-Louis. Panelists shared the various aspects of state and federal laws.

   
Garlinck Dumont, chair of the Membership Committee, moderated a panel of first-generation American attorneys featuring Denise V. Zamore, UnitedHealthcare; Maggie I. Castinado, Office of the Public Defender; Sheila S. Charmoy, Charmoy & Charmoy; and Proloy K. Das, Murtha Cullina LLP.
 
         
   
Keynote speaker Rebecca Kelly Golfman reminded students, "The law is all around us. The law impacts almost every aspect of our lives. Because of that we need to make sure the people writing our laws, the people modeling our laws, and people shaping our laws represent all of us."
   

Representatives from the University of Connecticut School of Law and Quinnipiac University School of Law explained the path students need to take in order to get into law school.
(L to R) Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Students, UConn School of Law; Diane Whitney, Pre-law Advisor, UConn School of Law; Kathy A. Kuhar, Associate Dean of Students, Quinnipiac University School of Law; and Roberta Frick, Director of Financial Aid, UConn School of Law.