Girl Scout Project Law Track 2019: Volunteers Wanted

By Girl Scout Project Law Track Program Co-Chairs, CBA Alliance for Women:
Brandi Burton, Erica Byrd, Sherry Knutson, Jennifer Kobayashi,  Meagan Newman, Monica Weed, and Brittany Weiss

It is that time of year again when the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women and the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are gearing up for the ninth Project Law Track Program, February 21 to March 9, 2019. The program consists of a series of three dynamic interactive evening sessions designed to introduce Girl Scouts to the field of law that will culminate in a half-day mock trial on March 9, 2019, in the Federal Courthouse in downtown Chicago.

The program introduces girls to the many different opportunities that a legal career can offer, demystifying the portrayal of lawyers as seen on television and in the movies, and providing girls with the experience of stepping into the shoes of a trial attorney to prepare a case for a mock trial and try it before a real judge in a Federal courtroom. To participate in Project Law Track, girls 6th grade and older are required to complete an application, for which up to forty girls are chosen on a first come, first served basis.

In order to fulfill the goals of the program, Project Law Track is looking for female attorneys who would be interested in serving as mentors throughout the two-week program.  We would like to partner each girl participant with a female attorney who will work with her during the program, with particular emphasis on helping her prepare for her role in the mock trial, which is the capstone of the program.  Ideally, each female attorney volunteer would attend all four sessions of Project Law Track but at a minimum must be able to attend the mock trial prep session on Thursday evening, March 7, 2019, and be in attendance to support her mentee at the mock trial on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Attorneys who volunteer have an opportunity to meet and work with other talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds and interests connected by the shared desire to give of their time, advice, knowledge, and insights to girls who may be planning a career as an attorney or who are just curious about the field of law. In turn, the girls will broaden their understanding of what it means to be an attorney, experience the possibilities that are available to them by working side-by-side with female role models, interact with their peers and attorneys in preparing for a mock trial, and learn that there are women who care and want to help them explore their future career options.

The dates and sessions for the 2019 Girl Scouts Project Law Track Program are:

Session 1:  Law (As Seen on TV):  Thursday, February 21, 2019,  5:30-7:30 pm @ Skadden Arps, 155 N Wacker Dr., Suite 2700, Chicago

Session 2:  Law School/Career Day:  Thursday, February 28, 2019,  5:30 – 7:30 pm @ Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams Street, Chicago

Session 3:  Prepare Your Case!  Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm @ Bartlit Beck, 54 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago

Session 4:  Try Your Case!  Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erica Byrd, Garfield & Merel, at 312/288-0104 or via email at byrd@garfield-merel.com. We promise it will be a rewarding experience! Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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