Program Activities

Closing 2008-09 Mentoring Program Dinner, June 2009

On June 9, 2009, the HNBA Mentoring Program met with 50 high school students participating in the A.S.U. Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute, in an event organized by Charles Calleros, Lydia Montelongo, Kristine Reich, and Marisol Diaz.

Starting at 4:30 pm, Prof. Calleros introduced members of a panel consisting of two undergraduate students, two law students (one a recent graduate), and four attorneys, all members of the Phoenix chapter of the Hispanic National Bar Association National Mentoring program.  The panel spoke to the students - and answered their questions - about higher education, careers in law, and the kinds of academic achievement and community service that help prepare students for college, law school, and the practice of law.  Panel members included undergraduates Ileana Salinas and Gladys Contreras, 2L Jamaar Williams, recent law graduate Marisol Diaz, and attorneys Jessica Sanchez (Class of 2006), Christina Noyes (Class of 1996, Steven Rendell (Class of 1978), and Barbara Pashowski. 

After the panel discussion, the CCLI students broke into small groups with HNBA mentors to continue the discussion and mentoring over dinner catered by Carolina's Mexican Restaurant. Calleros gave special credit to the law firm of Gust Rosenfeld.  Four attorneys from that firm participated on June 9, three of them on the panel, and another joining them during the dinner.

"In the HNBA mentoring program, we like to reach students at the K-12 level," Calleros explained, "so that we can help them make choices that will keep them on the path to higher education and perhaps to a career in law."  He added that "most of these high school students are aiming for a college education, but our workshops may provide the first occasion for them to begin to set their sights for graduate school.  The Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute, led by Van Ornelas and Courtney McCune, was a perfect partner in this mentoring opportunity, and we look forward to working with them again."

The newest member of the HNBA mentoring program is Gladys Contreras, a junior at ASU, double majoring in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies.  She is the first member of her family to attend a university, and she shared her impressions of the June 9 event in an email to Calleros:

 Dear Professor Calleros,

". . .  I am very grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to be part of this program.  The group I was with was incredibly bright and fun, they truly are a group of future leaders. Once in a smaller group I was able to answer questions regarding overcoming stereotypes and statistics, questions I suppose I would have had in high school as well.  It's funny but I saw a lot of myself in them.

Once again thank you, and I would love to continue to be a part of this program and others. . . ."

  
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