KU News Release

June 9, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

High school students begin ‘Journey to J.D.’ at law school camp

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LAWRENCE — Sixteen high school students from across Kansas are getting a taste of law school and careers in the legal profession this week during the second annual Journey to J.D. camp at the University of Kansas School of Law.

The camp is designed to support, mentor and encourage diverse students entering their junior year of high school to attend college and, ultimately, law school and pursue legal opportunities in the region.

The students experience a rigorous week of studies and travel, beginning with a team-building exercise at the Adams Campus Outdoor Education Center. They spend three full days in the classroom, learning basic legal principles from current law students serving as teaching assistants.

During a trip to Topeka, the students visited the Brown v. Board of Education site, toured the Capitol and a juvenile correctional facility and dropped in on the Kansas Judicial Center, where they met with Kansas Appeals Court Judge Karen Arnold-Burger, a 1982 graduate of KU’s law school. They also visited Caleb Stegall, chief counsel to Gov. Sam Brownback and a 2000 graduate of the law school.

The students networked with alumni and other legal professionals during a barbecue at Green Hall. The students also will visit the law school’s Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, the law firm of Lathrop & Gage, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Garmin, all in the Kansas City area.

The law school’s alumni Diversity Council devised the idea for Journey to J.D., its version of the kinds of “pipeline” programs popularly employed by law schools and the legal profession to diversify legal education and the workforce. Karen Hester, director of diversity and inclusion, organizes and oversees the camp as program director, and professor Melanie Wilson serves as faculty adviser.

Major corporate sponsors of the 2011 camp include Lathrop & Gage LLP, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP and Wal-Mart.

Students attending are listed below by hometown and high school.

From Wakefield 67487
Samantha Couey, Wakefield High School

From White Cloud 66094
Ruby Rhodd, Doniphan West High School

From Lawrence 66044
Noah Nunn, Lawrence High School

From Lawrence 66049
Emily VanSchmus, Lawrence Free State High School

Alina Zheng, Lawrence Free State High School

From Garden City 67846
Jacyn Dawes, Garden City High School

From Holton 66436
Ryan Haefke, Holton High School

From Olathe 66213
Joy Donnelly, Olathe East High School

From Salina 67401
Yesenia Perales, Salina Central High School

From Wichita 67204
Sevastian Banuelos, Northeast Magnet High School

From Wichita 67208
Kiera Brown, Northeast Magnet High School

From Wichita 67212
Sydney Prater, Northwest High School

From Wichita 67220
Brendan Jester, Independent School

From Wichita 67226
Azani Fitten, Northeast Magnet High School

Alan Liu, Independent School

From Kansas City 66104
Derrick Miller, Washington High School

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