Willamette Day with Street Law and DiscoverLaw.org
Friday, March 1, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) Street Law program is proud to host its Willamette Day event on March 1, 2013 as part of the activities related to DiscoverLaw.org - a commitment to diversity in law. DiscoverLaw.org is a program sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
On March 1st WUCL Street Law will host Willamette Day where the Street Law students will travel to the Oregon Supreme Court building for a tour and the opportunity to talk to an Oregon Supreme Court Justice. This is followed by a walk through the Oregon State Capitol building, after which the students are then proceed to the WUCL campus for a lunch with law students, faculty and guests from the legal profession. This will be followed by speakers giving inspirational speeches, including Liani Reeves, Chief Counsel to Governor Kitzhaber, and Justice Darlene Ortega of the Oregon Courts of Appeals.
WUCL's Street Law program teaches basic law principles to local high school students at Early College High School. The Street Law student population is largely Hispanic-American. Many of the students are teen mothers. The ultimate goal of Street Law is to inspire the students to become lawyers so that the students can help others in their community overcome similar circumstances. WUCL law students teach the Street Law students about various topics, including: Citizen Advocacy, Criminal law, Family law, Constitutional law, and Torts. There is also a full week devoted to teaching the students about the trial process, covering different aspects of the trial experience, including the students partaking in a mock trial in front of a jury comprised of various faculty members. Street Law, therefore, endeavors to empower members of our diverse community so that they can overcome the socio-economic disadvantages which disproportionately affect their community. By showing how law can be used to affect positive change, Willamette’s Street Law program helps to inspire these students to become tomorrow’s leaders.
As sponsors of DiscoverLaw.org, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. That's why LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign—to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. With access to experts, inspiring stories about law school graduates, answers to frequently asked questions, and more, DiscoverLaw.org provides students with resources, tips, and tools on how to become a competitive law school applicant.