Tallahassee Bar Association collaborated with the Tallahassee Barristers Association in applying for a diversity grant from The Florida Bar that allowed the two voluntary bar associations to partner with Leon County Public Schools, the FSU College of Law, Discover Law Grant Program with the Law School Admission Council, Real Property Probate Trust Litigation Section of The Florida Bar, our Judiciary, and others to make the Fourth Annual Leon County Public School Legal Diversity Initiative happen again this year. The purpose of the program is to expose high school students to the diversity of the legal profession. The program allows students to get up close and personal with diverse attorneys in age, race, gender, and practice area.
The full-day event was held at various courts and the FSU College of Law. This innovative program allows students from Godby High, Lincoln High, Florida High, and Rickards High to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Leon County Circuit Court, Northern District of Florida U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the First District Court of Appeal. After touring the various Courts the students conducted their own mock trials at the FSU Law and the day concluded with a speed networking lunch with judges, law students, lawyers and para-professionals from the local legal community.
TBA Event Chair Jami Coleman said, “The Leon County Public Schools Legal Initiative with the Tallahassee Bar Association, Tallahassee Barristers, FSU College of Law, Law School Admission Council, Real Property Probate Trust Litigation Section of the Florida Bar and the Florida Bar Diversity Initiative has proven to be a successful annual program. Thanks to all the collaborators and The Florida Bar grant we are able to host this event again!”