Ten mentoring teams met on Oct. 2, 2011, for a buffet dinner and a presentation on health care reform legislation by Visiting Professor Erin Fuse Brown, for which attorneys received free CLE credit. The teams also saw a presentation on the discoverlaw.org website.
It was the opening meeting of the academic year for the Hispanic National Bar Association mentoring program, which puts together teams of high school, college and law school students, as well as junior and senior attorneys.
Over dinner, the teams, organized by subject manner, exchanged information about higher education and lawyering and planned a team mentoring event for later in the semester.
One of the participating undergraduates wrote this following the evening:
“Thank you for the wonderful opportunity that the Hispanic National Bar Association Mentoring Program has opened up for me. It is a privilege to work with individuals at all levels in their law careers.
“I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of the program, as I am an immigrant from Poland myself. The knowledge and encouragement that this program offers is invaluable to students in a position similar to mine.
“As an undergraduate sophomore having the ability to seek answers from those in positions that I will find myself in someday, will strengthen my drive to accomplish what I have set out to do.
“Wish there were more programs like this!”