STREET LAW 2022
ACC Chicago conducted a successful Street Law 2022 . What a thrill to be back in-person! Street Law is our corporate legal diversity pipeline program, an engaging program designed to help prime the pipeline to the legal profession for young people from underserved high schools in Chicago and the Northwest suburbs. This year we met with students in-person to deliver the program, while following all applicable health and safety protocols.
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 to partner with in-house counsel during the spring semester of the year.
ACC Chicago volunteers visit each of the participating classes, and ACC Chicago brings all of the students to a one-day conference (one for each geographic component) near the end of the spring semester. This year Blue Cross Blue Shield generously hosted the Loop conference at their beautiful downtown offices.
The program has been extremely successful each year with more than 65 in-house attorney volunteers reaching out to about 200 promising young students. We received tremendously positive feedback from the students and teachers.
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 two months – a small commitment to perhaps change the life of a deserving student.
If you are interested in volunteering to participate in this very worthwhile program in 2023, please contact:
Jim Anderson, Board Member
ACCLoopStreetLaw@gmail.com (Chicago program)
Julia Jackson, Past President
ACCNWSuburbsStreetLaw@gmail.com (NW Suburbs program)