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“Young Achievers” Try New England Law on for Size

Boston YMCA Young Achievers discuss a case with Attorney White ('84)Boston YMCA Young Achievers discuss a case with Attorney William M. White '84.

(Boston, 7/19/10) New England Law | Boston:  Summer is a time when many middle- and high-school students kick back a little or earn spending money at a seasonal job.  New England Law | Boston recently welcomed a group of teenagers who were looking far beyond their summer break to a time, perhaps a decade or more from now, when some might be back on campus as law students.

Eighteen rising eighth, ninth, and tenth graders visited on July 12 and 13 as part of the Greater Boston YMCA’s Young Achievers Summer Institute.  The program allows students to explore a number of career paths, including the arts, science and technology, and medicine.

Attorney Pierre Monette ('91) discusses law with Boston YMCA Young AchieversPierre Monette '91 discusses his law school experiences.

Professor Wilton Hyman coordinated the New England Law visit.  “We encouraged these students to consider the possibility of attending law school in their futures,” he said.  “We also wanted them to meet positive and successful role models who could share their experiences and offer support.”

Professor Hyman was joined by guest presenters including the Honorable Robert Ronquillo, Jr., ’84, adjunct faculty, presiding justice of the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court; Pierre Monette ’91; the Honorable Charles E. Walker, Jr., adjunct faculty member, general counsel/deputy director of enforcement, Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure; and William M. White ’84.

Honorable Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., ’84 teaching law to a class of Boston YMCA Young AchieversHon. Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., ’84 comments in a panel on "Why Did I Attend Law School?"

The visit culminated in a mock trial, argued by the students and presided over by Justice Ronquillo, which was held in New England Law’s Moot Courtroom. 

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