March 31, 2017
McGeorge School of Law hosted more than 375 Sacramento-area junior high, high school, and elementary school students on campus at two "Discover Law Day" events on Feb. 10 and March 17, 2017.
The free program primarily focused on historically underrepresented groups and first-generation college aspirants. The McGeorge Office of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) co-sponsored the program. For the first time the McGeorge program hosted students in grades 3, 4 and 5 with the inclusion of Capitol Collegiate Academy. Two Sacramento City Community College students also participated in the program.
Students from Sheldon High School, Westlake Charter Middle School and Norwood Middle School attended the first full day of law school immersion activities on Feb. 10. Third-year student and McGeorge Student Bar Association (SBA) president Nicole Low welcomed the participants. Professor Raquel Aldana conducted a mock class, followed by an interactive Moot Court and Mock Trial exercise with professors Cary Bricker and Jay Leach. A campus tour was followed by a student and alumni panel with Mark Velasquez, '06, attorney, Hunt Jeppson & Griffin LLP; Mariam El-Menshawi, '11, director and principal attorney, Victims of Crime Resource Center (VCRC) ; second-year student Brianna Grant; and third-year student Bahar Madani.
The second "Discover Law Day" on March 17 hosted students from Hiram Johnson High School, James Rutter Middle School, Grant Union High School, Sacramento High School, and Capitol Collegiate Academy. After a welcome by Nicole Low, professor Adrienne Brungess conducted a mock class and professor Cary Bricker led an interactive Moot Court and Mock Trial exercise. The alumni and student panel was comprised of Rebecca Caporale, '15, associate attorney, Wilner & O'Reilly; Kellan Patterson, '15, proprietor, Law Office of Kellan Patterson; third-year student Sylvia La Rosa; and second-year student Timothy Keaton. The visiting students also participated in a campus tour led by McGeorge students.