WBA, Cooley hold youth law day

By Christine L. Mobley
Legal News

 While it may not be reinventing the wheel, the Wolverine Bar Association (WBA) is taking an innovative step in mentoring minority high school students and perhaps directing them towards a career in the law.
 On Monday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m. the WBA is partnering with Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus to host a youth law day for approximately 30 Detroit Central High School students.
“The purpose is three-fold,” Brandy Robinson, WBA president-elect and event organizer, states. “We want to expose the high school students to a law school class; expose them to law students and professors, law faculty and administration; and encourage them to choose a career in the law.
“Right now, people of color are under-represented both within law schools and within the legal profession.  So to the extent that we can spark interest early in students who may be curious about the law and how it works — we want to do that. This is a program that will allow us to work with that premise with the hope of maybe forming some relationships and planting a seed that maybe down the line they’ll go into a full-blown legal career.”
Cooley Associate Professor Alan Gershel, former chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office — Eastern Michigan District Criminal Division, will be teaching the class for the visiting students.
After the class session, students will then participate in a panel discussion with law students and members of the State Bar of Michigan, including WBA members and Young Lawyers Section members, according to Robinson.
For more information or to get involved, contact Brandy Robinson at byrobinson@gmail.com.
“I expect the event to go very well,” Robinson says. “Central’s administrator (Andrea Jackson) is really excited. I really admire her commitment to the students in trying to give them as much exposure as possible.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to expand this type of event to other interested high schools and law schools in the future.”