Summer Justice Academy for Young Women marks fifth year at Pace Law School

“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, on her nomination to the United States Supreme Court

WHITE PLAINS, NY—For the fifth year, 50 bright high school students will enjoy their own extraordinary experience when they participate in the Summer Justice Academy for Young Women. Sponsored by Pace Law School and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges, the Academy provides young women from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to immerse themselves in a program designed to inspire them to pursue educational paths that may lead to careers in the law. Bringing together students from Westchester County and New York City, the Summer Justice Academy was created in 2009 by the Honorable La Tia W. Martin, Bronx County Supreme Court Justice.

“It is with much enthusiasm that we once again provide a unique introduction to the legal profession for our promising high school female students,” said the Hon. Martin. “We have developed a comprehensive educational strategy to assist them as they meet the challenges of a changing world. In addition, the students will engage in community service in the fall as an acknowledgement of their obligation to also help others.”

The two-week Academy, which begins July 8, will include classes held at Pace Law School that will be taught by women judges, attorneys, and law professors. Topics covered in the lectures include criminal law, civil procedure, Constitutional law, foreclosures, human trafficking, matrimonial law, environmental law, domestic violence and cyber bullying. The professionals have donated their time and will remain available to the young women as role models and mentors.

The group will also travel to Washington, D.C. where they will visit the U.S. Supreme Court and the Capitol as well as make visits to Georgetown and Howard Universities. New this year is a health and wellness component that builds upon the initiatives of First Lady Michelle Obama, another role model and law school graduate.

“It is vital for young women to learn from the experiences of accomplished professional women and to discover that a career in the law is available to them, too,” said Dean Michelle S. Simon who will again teach at this year’s Academy. “Pace Law School is committed to supporting their efforts. Each year I delight in watching these students realize how capable they truly are.”

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