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High school students explore careers in the law

Pace Law School welcomes high school students to the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women.  For the fifth summer, the two-week program seeks to inspire young women from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue educational paths that may lead to careers in the law.

The 50 students are attending classes on the Pace Law campus in such topics as criminal law, constitutional law, matrimonial law, domestic violence and cyber bullying. Their teachers are women lawyers, professors, and judges, including New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, Pace Law School Dean Michelle Simon, and New York State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. The group will also travel to Washington, D.C. where they will visit the U.S. Supreme Court and the Capitol as well as Georgetown and Howard Universities.

The Summer Justice Academy for Young Women was created by the Honorable La Tia Martin, Bronx County Supreme Court Justice. Open to students from Westchester County and New York City, the Academy is available at no cost to the young women. The professionals donate their time and all expenses are covered by contributions.

“Each year I delight in watching these students realize how capable they are,” commented Dean Simon.