Widener Law Diversity Day Gives High School Students A Look at Law School
Ana del Puerto and Web Editor - Published: March 2, 2011

Photos courtesy of Ron Nichols, Internship Coordinator from Mastery Charter School's Pickett Campus.

On Saturday, February 26th, Widener Law’s Delaware campus invited local, underrepresented high school students to learn about law school during the annual Diversity Day event sponsored by DiscoverLaw.org, an initiative of Law School Admissions Council.

The program opened with a brief breakfast and a welcome from Assistant Dean of Admissions Barbara Ayars. Associate Professor Kathleen Turezyn followed the welcome with a mock law class analyzing Vaughan v. Menlove, a traditional English Tort law case. Professor Turezyn’s dynamic discussion introduced the students to the concept of defendant versus plaintiff and defined tort, criminal, and appellate cases.

After a short break, Eleanor Kelly, Director of the Financial Aid Office, discussed options for funding undergraduate and graduate education. She advised students to minimize credit card and undergraduate loan debt. Nicole Ballenger, Director of the Legal Education Institute, then spoke to the students about paralegal degrees and careers. Professor Nathaniel Nichols, the Director of Clinical Programs at Widener Law’s Delaware campus, wrapped up the presentations by discussing legal career options and the importance of practical experience. He encouraged the students to study and read during high school and college to maximize their potential.

Participants were then invited to enjoy lunch with current students, professors and alumni. Recent Widener Law graduate Troy Riddle ‘08 began the lunch with words of encouragement. He told students that the legal field lacks an accurate representation of the general population but that the next generation can fill the gaps. After Troy’s sage advice, the current Widener Law students introduced themselves and sat with the high school students, parents, guidance counselors, and administrators to answer any further questions. Admissions Counselor Ana del Puerto, who coordinated the event, closed the program by thanking everyone for attending.