STREET LAW PROGRAM
After a tremendously successful year in 2017, ACC Chicago is once again running its corporate legal diversity pipeline program, an exciting initiative designed to help young people from underserved high schools in Chicago and the Northwest suburbs explore the path to the legal profession.
This program – developed by ACC in collaboration with Street Law, Inc. (www.streetlaw.org) - creates partnerships between lawyers and nearby high school law classes serving youth from diverse backgrounds. The idea behind the program is to encourage high school students to continue their educations and to consider careers in the law.
ACC Chicago has forged relationships with both Chicago Public Schools and the U-46 District in the Northwest Suburbs. Together, we have identified a number of classes that would be grateful for opportunities to partner with in-house counsel through the current semester, and volunteers can select which component (city or suburbs) is most geographically convenient for them.
In March and April, ACC volunteers are visiting each of the participating classes, and ACC Chicago will bring all of the students to a one-day conference (one for each geographic component) near the end of the spring semester.
The program kicked off with training sessions in February, during which we met the teachers, learned how to access proven lesson plans for the classroom visits, and began to plan for the student conference.
The program was extremely successful last year with more than 80 in-house attorney volunteers reaching out to over 200 promising young students. We received tremendously positive feedback from the students and teachers, with requests for us to add students to the program this year if possible.
Volunteers find it to be a fun and gratifying way to give back to the community and, at the same time, form meaningful relationships with their in-house colleagues. The time commitment involved is fairly flexible, probably averaging 10-15 hours over the course of three to four months – a small commitment to perhaps change the life of a deserving student.
It is not too late to get involved this year! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:
Christine Binotti - ACCLoopStreetLaw@gmail.com (Chicago program)
Julia Jackson- ACCNWSuburbsStreetLaw@gmail.com (NW Suburbs program).