STREET LAW PROGRAM
MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL EFFORT!
After a tremendously successful year in 2016, ACC Chicago is once again running its corporate legal diversity pipeline program, an exciting initiative designed to help prime the pipeline to the legal profession for young people from underserved high schools in Chicago and the Northwest suburbs.
This program – developed by ACC in collaboration with the Street Law organization (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.
The ACC Chicago Chapter Street Law Program has both a Chicago and a Northwest Suburbs component, and volunteers can select which component (city or suburbs) is most geographically convenient for them. ACC Chicago has forged relationships with both Chicago Public Schools and the U-46 District; together, we have identified a number of classes that would be grateful for opportunities to partner with in-house counsel through the current semester.
Over the next few months, ACC volunteers will visit 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 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.
There is still time to jump in this semester and volunteer to participate in this very worthwhile program, please contact ACC Chicago Board Members Jenifer Robbins at ACCLoopStreetLaw@gmail.com (Chicago program) or Julia Jackson at email@example.com (NW Suburbs program).