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Student Legal Advocacy Movement (SLAM)

Pacific McGeorge Mentors Hit A Grand Slam

March 22, 2011

Tags: Business & Community, Student Life, 2011

An afterschool law-themed academic mentoring program for high school students begun by Pacific McGeorge students is in its second semester of service on the nearby Sacramento Charter High School campus.

Erika Gonzalez, Samandeep Sandhu and Sage Kaveny founded the Student Legal Advocacy Movement (SLAM) last fall. They recruited motivated high school students and set about improving literacy and leadership skills using their knowledge of law as a vehicle. As a team, the law students created curriculum and instructional activities (both academic and social), maintained attendance records, implemented rewards, and documented their processes in a manual.

Steve Kelly and Harjit Grewal joined the program this semester and, using trial advocacy as a context, exapanded the tutorial sessions. Professor Fred Galves and Chris Minero, the advisor to Pacific McGeorge's Educational Pipeline Initiative, work with the law students.

"It's a very impressive undertaking by these young leaders," Minero said. "The experience is proving to be a valuable and meaningful one for both law and high school students.  I hope it's something we can incorporate permanently into our expanding outreach to underserved youth."

Pacific McGeorge's multi-faceted Educational Pipeline Progam includes closed collaboration with the Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High School, a Bret Harte Elementary School mentoring involving 50 law students, and Galves' International Street Law Program.