Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Our First Law Day of the Year!

Friday, October 8th, marked the beginning of this year’s Law Day program! This year we have a record number of participating firms. Two buses of ninth graders went to Hogan Lovells, one bus went to Latham & Watkins, and another bus went to Foley & Lardner. Students were given the option of wearing their uniform or professional dress attire, and many students took the chance to dress like the lawyers leading their sessions.

Students left TMA around 12:30 and once they arrived at the law firms, the students were separated into groups and participated in discussions about discrimination. The purpose of Law Day is for our students to engage with the material, think critically and have fun! The ninth graders discussed how discrimination can be bad but also how it can also be used so that society can function effectively. Students, for example, debated whether girls should be allowed to try out for positions on the boys’ baseball team at a public high school. Our students were articulate and argued with passion. After the conversations, they refueled with a snack, provided by the firms. Surprisingly, the yogurt and fruit were just as popular as the cookies.

After the break, students broke into three groups and were given a scenario in which discrimination was a major factor. They discussed their scenario and then presented it in the form of a talk show to the rest of the group. The student’s acting talents were out in full force.

At the end of the day, it was an amazing success! All of the students and volunteers had a great time. A special thanks to the chaperones and volunteers at the firms of Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins and Foley & Lardner!

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