State Bar Program Encourages Students to “Choose Law”
Albuquerque, N.M. – The State Bar Indian Law Section will present a program called “Choose Law: A Profession for All” to 175 juniors and seniors at the Santa Fe Indian School from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 15, during career day. Over the course of three 30-minute sessions, Indian Law Section volunteers will share personal stories about why they chose law and show students that a legal education is attainable. Additionally, the presenters will discuss opportunities available in the legal profession.
The program was designed by the American Bar Association to be used by bar associations nationwide. According to the ABA Web site, "Choose Law encourages individuals of color to become attorneys through the use of a new video, a written guide, a website, attorney volunteers and educators. Through Choose Law, students learn about the importance of the legal profession and how the law affects all aspects of their lives. The project also teaches students that attorneys of color have played a crucial role in the development of this noble profession. Finally, Choose Law shares the wonderful and diverse opportunities available for individuals pursuing a legal career and lays the path for which to get started."
Santa Fe Indian School is owned and operated by the 19 pueblos of New Mexico. The school serves Native American middle and high school students.
More information on this pipeline program for individuals of color may be found at http://www.abanet.org/yld/diversity.html.
The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.