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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/12/09
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Minorities in the Profession Section Reaches Out to Atlantic City Minority Students

ATLANTIC CITY—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Section will present an ABA Law Day program at the New York Avenue School Wednesday, May 13.

The 1:30 p.m. event coincides with the start of the Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

“We hope this program will encourage students to want to know more about the law and lawyers, and how the law impacts their everyday lives,” said Nina D. Bonner, chair of the Minorities in the Profession Section. “The program provides them with role models who can relate to their experiences and let them know that they too can be successful in not only the law, but in life. Simply put, we are working to create the pipeline—our next generation of lawyers.”

The event will include a panel discussion for sixth to eighth grade middle school students, focusing on law-related jobs and career paths. Panelists include: state Superior Court Judge James L. Jackson; Charles Ray, a law student from Rutgers in Camden; Beverly Graham-Foy, Assistant Public Defender, City of Atlantic City, and Henry Warner, Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Atlantic City.

“It will be wonderful to work with Principal James Knox at the New York Avenue School,” said Candice Hendricks, one of the program’s organizers. “Our program fits perfectly into Mr. Knox’s mission of shepherding his students into careers such as the law, by providing experience and interaction with a panel of lawyers from the region, including the students’ hometown of Atlantic City.”

An ABA study concluded that there are too few minorities in the legal professions, caused in part by a lack of information on legal education and careers reaching this population,” explained Bonner.

“By working with elementary and secondary schools to provide support programs,” said Bonner, “the Minorities in the Profession Section hopes to stimulate students’ interest in legal careers and provide insight and information regarding academic requirements and preparation, provide positive role models of color in the legal profession, establish mentoring relationships, increase understanding of and respect for the legal system, provide information on various legal career paths and and more.”

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice. For more information on the Pipeline Diversity Task Force, other programs sponsored by the NJSBA and membership benefits, visit the association’s website at www.njsba.com.

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