Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 14, NO. 1, Pg. 60.
2008 High School Pipeline Project
GSB JournalVol. 14, NO. 1August 20082008 High School Pipeline ProjectMarian Cover DockeryOn May 27, the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program partnered with the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc., (LIWOCA) and Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (JMLS) to launch the High School Pipeline Project for Minority Students. This summer program targets high school students and has two primary objectives: improve students skills in grammar, writing and speech to assist them in college and law school; and provide mentoring sessions with members of the judiciary and attorneys who can inspire, educate and motivate students to consider law as a career.
A recent report by Columbia University revealed a disturbing decline in applications of minority college students to law school. At a time when diversity is a priority for law firms and law offices, this trend must be reversed with the help of the Pipeline project.
The 2008 Pipeline students included 13 10th-12th graders and three college freshmen. The following Georgia and Illinois high schools were represented: South Atlanta School for Law and Social Justice, Columbia; South Cobb Magnet, Pebblebrook; Cahokia (Cahokia, Ill.); Cedar Grove, Stephenson; DeKalb Early College Academy and Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy.
From May 27 through June 6, the 16 students had a curriculum that kept them involved from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Atlanta's John Marshall Law School hosted a majority of the events which were instructed by an Atlanta City School teacher, JMLS professors and attorneys from Atlanta firms. There were academic courses and workshops that instructed students on etiquette, image building, budget and credit management, the college application process, how to finance a college education, resume writing and interviewing skills.
During the afternoon sessions, students visited law firms and the corporate law offices of companies including Equifax, Georgia-Pacific and Cox Communications. The host law offices provided the Pipeline participants with catered lunches and held informative mentoring sessions with law partners, general counsels, associates and summer law clerks. Students enjoyed one-on-one mentoring sessions at Alston & Bird LLP and Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. Group...