March 14, 2013

Law School Welcomes Diverse Portland Youth to Campus

The Academic Enhancement Program hosted the 8th annual Lewis & Clark Diversity Pipeline Mock Trial. Nearly 90 middle and high school students, and 40 volunteers participated.

On March 9, 2013 the Law School’s Academic Enhancement Program hosted nearly 90 middle school/high school students at its 8th annual Lewis & Clark Diversity Pipeline Mock Trial. This event is held as part of the Law School Admission Council’s DiscoverLaw.Org Months.

“We divided into 10 teams and ran 5 simultaneous mock trials on the timely topic of bullying, although we situated our case in the magical world of Harry Potter!” said JB Kim, Assistant Dean for Diversity & Academic Resources. “We are grateful to have had a great community showing–we had 40 attorney and law student volunteers, plus 7 volunteers from the College of Arts & Sciences.”

“We are really proud of this annual event,” said Assistant Director Heather McCambly. “It is a great moment to show our community–law students, attorneys, kids–that we are invested in diversity in the legal profession. Our volunteers tell us that it gets better every year. It was fun, a little loud, and really rewarding for everyone involved.”

One participating 9th grader summed up the student response to the mock trial: “I really liked this trip.  It inspired me to do good in school and push myself to come to a college like this. The students from this school are very helpful!” 

 “Reviews like these validate the work and investment that goes into this and similar events at Lewis & Clark” concludes McCambly.

About the Diversity Pipeline Mock Trial

This annual event is hosted by the Law School’s Academic Enhancement Program. AEP is dedicated to enhancing diverse students’ access to and success in the legal profession. Participating students come to Lewis & Clark through partners at local TRiO programs, which are federally funded to encourage youth from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to go to college. Students also tour the CAS campus and participate in a Q&A discussion panel with law students and attorneys at the end of the day. This panel is hosted by Rasheid Light, CAS Associate Dean of Admissions. This event is held as part of the DiscoverLaw.Org Months created by the Law School Admissions Council.

Each participant was also sent home with a bag of “swag” donated by local partners:

Bonneville Power Administration, Bullivant House Bailey, Davis Wright Tremaine, NELA Cener for Student Success, Perkins Coie, Oregon State Bar, Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt, and Westlaw.

If you would like to get more involved with this event in the future, please contact Carrie Greenshields at (503) 768-6697 or