Wednesday, September 25, 2013

UAA welcomes Color of Justice - Alaska 2013 College and Career Program

Foreground: Volunteer attorney Lynda Limón talk to students about the practice of law.

 Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice Center faculty, was one of a group of volunteer Alaska lawyers and judges who met with college students during the "Color of Justice - Alaska 2013 College and Career Program" at UAA on September 19. The event provided students the opportunity to talk with diverse Alaska lawyers and judges and learn about the steps to a successful and rewarding career in law. Judge Pamela Washington, Alaska District Court Judge and first African-American woman appointed to the bench in Alaska, welcomed students and volunteer lawyers and judges to the program.

Prof. Periman introduced Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger who addressed the group on the importance of a diverse judiciary. The program included speed mentoring rounds and refreshments. Students heard presentations from law school deans and admissions directors and had the opportunity to engage in a question and answer forum about the law school admissions process. Volunteer mentors for the MentorJet: A Speed-Mentoring Experience included Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger, and attorneys Peter Boskofsky, Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, Mathiew Le, Lynda Limón, and Herman Walker.

The program is part of the Color of Justice - Alaska project sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges and a variety of legal organizations.  The goal of these programs is to foster diversity in the legal profession and judiciary.

Judge Pamela Washington welcomes students
to the program.

Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger discusses the need for
diversity in the judiciary.

Volunteer attorney Peter Boskofsky tell students about his work as in-house counsel
with Afognak Native Corporation/Alutiiq, LLC.

Right: Volunteer attorney Kirsten Kinegak-Friday answers
questions from a student.

Volunteer mentor attorneys Herman Walker (far left), Lynda Limón (far right) and Peter Boskofsky (back)
talk with students about law school and the practice of law.

Right: Mathiew Le, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
at University of Washington School of Law, and a student during
the MentorJet session.
A panel of deans and admissions directors answers questions during the q & a session.
L to r: Stephen Easton, University of Wyoming College of Law; Whitney Earles, Seattle University School of Law;
Mathiew Le, University of Washington School of Law; and Susan Lee, Gonzaga University School of Law.

Prof. Deb Periman (l) and attendees applaud the organizing efforts by
Margaret Newman (r), of the Alaska Court System.