JURIST Academy Encourages Minority Undergraduates to Pursue Law School
Web Editor - Published: June 8, 2011
Widener Law’s Jurist Academy program, a two-week long summer-camp intended to offer promising minority undergraduate students about the law and encourage them to pursue a legal education, began on May 31st and runs through Friday, June 10th. For the first time this year, the program is also running on Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus.

The JURIST Academy program offers participants a taste of law school, including classes on legal writing and analysis, torts, and criminal law, as well as an LSTAT preparation course. The students also have an opportunity to speak with practicing lawyers and enjoy field trips and a variety of special presentations. The Jurist Academy provides a competitive edge in law school admissions for promising college students from historically underrepresented groups by introducing them to the rigors of legal education and to the rewards of legal careers.

On Tuesday, May 7th, Jurist Academy students on the Harrisburg will hear from Harrisburg Mayor Linda D. Thompson on “Lawyers & Civic Engagement,” and on Wednesday the 8th, they will visit the chambers of Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Janine Turgeon.

Jurist Academy students on the Delaware campus traveled to the Wilmington offices of Richards Layton and Finger for a visit on Wednesday, June 1st. The students practiced oral advocacy with lawyers from Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on Thursday June 2nd, and they will have the opportunity to give oral presentations to representatives from Skadden Arps on Thursday the 9th.

On Monday the 6th, the Delaware students enjoyed a lunch panel with representatives from the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar. On Wednesday the 8th, they will have the opportunity to hear a panel discussion on Public Interest Law with Mary Jacobsen of the Mid Atlantic Environmental Law Center and Craig R. Fitzgerald, a child advocate from the Delaware Department of Justice.

Widener Law thanks all of the generous sponsors that make the Jurist Academy possible. “We are so pleased to have several highly-respected law firms, lawyers and organizations partnering with us on the endeavor,” says Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons.

Sponsors on the Delaware campus include:
  • DuPont
  • Morris James LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • The Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association
  • The American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA)
  • Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP
  • Richards Layton & Finger
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP.
Sponsors on the Harrisburg campus include:
  • Central Pennsylvania College
  • The Dauphin County Bar Foundation
  • Dilworth Paxson LLP
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Keystone Bar Association
  • McNees Wallace & Nurick
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • Rhoads & Sinon LLP
  • The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
  • Vincent L. Champion, Esq.
  • Hon. Pedro Cortes, Esq.
  • Dr. Barbara Simpson Darden
  • Clarissa Freeman, Esq.
  • Sharon Lopez, Esq.
  • Robyn L. Meadows, Esq.
  • Starla J. Williams, Esq.