January 2013 Bar Bulletin
FLI Introduces Teens to Legal Careers
Eighty minority or financially disadvantaged students were given a glimpse at the some of the many possible careers that can be found in the legal field during the 10th annual Future of the Law Institute (FLI). The annual two-day program was conducted at the Seattle University and University of Washington law schools in November.
Day one included a legal scavenger hunt and a "speed dating" session in which students were able to talk with practitioners in 13 legal fields, as well as professional court staff. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones, Washington Court of Appeals Judge Michael Spearman and King County Superior Court Judge Lori Smith joined the students for lunch and shared the challenges they faced along their career paths.
Day two was filled with morning workshops put on by Microsoft, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and civil rights experts. The afternoon brought together more than 25 moot court coaches, as well as Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens and Municipal Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan, who presided over the much-anticipated mock court trials.
Three separate jury trials were held. After the verdicts were returned, the students had an opportunity to discuss the process and ask the judges questions. In return, the judges provided encouragement and inspiration.
The Future of the Law institute was created in 2002 to introduce minority students to the possibility of careers in the law. The program supports the vision of the King County Bar Association's Diversity Committee to increase the number of lawyers and judges of color by creating a pipeline of minority students who are inspired, eager and prepared to attend law school.
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