On Wednesday, June 30th, the Diversity Office hosted the 2010 NY Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) fellows, their teaching assistants and two staff members from the NYS Judicial Institute.  During the fellows time in the Capital District they enjoyed a visit and guided tour of the NYS Court of Appeals  followed by a luncheon in their honor held in Albany Law School’s Boardroom (in Building 2000).    2007 NY LEO alumni, Phillip McKie who recently graduated from Albany Law, along with our Law Clinic & Justice Center‘s Director Professor Joseph Connors, Susan Terwilliger, Administrative Director, alumni and three current students joined the fellows for a luncheon discussion.   All shared advice on succeeding in law school and answering their many questions about the first year experience.   

Retired NYS Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye established the New York Legal Opportunity Program (NY LEO) to help ensure a diverse legal community by promoting academic success for individuals historically under-represented in the legal profession. The program assists under-represented minority college graduates in acquiring the fundamental and practical skills necessary to succeed in law school.  The program is available to qualified candidates who will attend law school in New York State this Fall.   This program is an intensive six-week summer program (beginning early June – ending July 16, 2010) offered by the New York State Judicial Institute.   Students are required to live on campus and participate in the program full-time. Experienced law professors will provide instruction in first-year law school core courses as well as in legal research, writing and analysis.   As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to visit courts in session and meet with members of the judiciary and other legal professionals.

Albany Law School is committed to an educational environment that values and reflects a global view of diversity.   Albany Law School support programs such as the New York LEO Program (since it began in 2007) and has been a member school in the national Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) summer program for the past decade. 

These programs ensure that the legal community reflects the client-base and communities it serves.     If you have questions or would like to learn more about our Diversity Office’s initiatives, please contact, Pershia Wilkins, Director, Diversity Office, at (518)445-3284 or diversity@albanylaw.edu     Photo Gallery Below

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