More Than 200 Local High School Students Participate in Diversity Law Day

Posted on Friday 2/16/2018
More Than 200 Local High School Students Participate in Diversity Law Day 2018

The College of Law's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid hosted Diversity Law Day on Feb. 16, 2018, an event co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, Law School Admission Council's DiscoverLaw, New York State Bar Association, and William Herbert Johnson Bar Association.  

“Diversity Law Day is part of the Diversity Matters initiative to expose high school students from various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to the field of law," says Denée Page, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. "This year we hosted even more area students than last year, with more than 200 students attending from Syracuse and Utica area high schools. We are so honored to host these students and allow them to hear from current law students and local attorneys about the importance of diversity and representation in the legal field.”

Diversity Law Day brought to Dineen Hall students from Henninger, Nottingham, Elmcrest, and Fowler high schools in Syracuse, as well as from LaFayette, Onondaga Nation, and Utica Proctor high schools. 

Before a networking lunch, the high school students heard from current Syracuse law students during a panel moderated by 2L Pthara Jeppe and then from young professionals in an Attorney Panel, moderated by Professor Suzette Melendez and featuring Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs LaVonda N. Reed, Professor Paula C. Johnson, Kayla Aria L'15, and Alphonse Williams L'17.

After lunch, there was Mock Trial Presentation in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom by members of the Syracuse University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team. The high school students not only observed the trial, they participated as members of the jury. The day's closing remarks were given by Director of Externship Programs Kimberly Wolf Price L'03.