ATLANTA – May 7, 2019 – More than 35 attorneys and business staff in the Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP participated in the seventh annual “Lawyer for a Day” program as mentors, instructors, or participants. Launched in 2011, the program provides Atlanta’s youth with professional mentorship opportunities and an introduction to the legal field.
“Lawyer for a Day” is a six-week law course and mock trial competition for ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students from the City of Atlanta. The seventh annual program began in December 2018 with students from Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and B.E.S.T. Academy and culminated with a mock trial on April 27, 2019.
Henry County State Court Judge David B. Brown, DeKalb Juvenile Court Judge Diana Johnson, and DeKalb Probate Judge Bedelia C. Hargrove presided over the trials, with GT attorneys serving as trial team mentors. GT staff members served as fact witnesses and jurors.
Greenberg Traurig shareholders Ernest LaMont Greer and Richard J. Valladares designed the program for 100 Black Men of Atlanta and it is held in conjunction with Atlanta Public Schools and B.E.S.T. Academy. Shareholder Janna S. Nugent and associate Chelsea Dease led the 2019 program. Legal assistant Joy Tallington coordinates the program each year.
“The success of the ‘Lawyer for a Day’ program demonstrates how important it is to offer mentorship and educational opportunities to Atlanta’s youth, and we are proud of the value the firm places on these efforts,” said Nugent, co-chair of the Atlanta Business Litigation Group. “Our attorneys and staff continue to be inspired by the talented students we work with each year.”
The eighth annual program will launch in December 2019.
About Greenberg Traurig – Atlanta: Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office offers clients the local capabilities and wide-ranging experience of more than 100 attorneys, supported by the resources and reach of the firm’s global platform. The firm’s collaborative culture is reflected by attorneys who serve their clients with a combination of legal and business skills that are vital in today’s competitive, global environment. Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta team brings a practical approach to the representation of our clients.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 39 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.