In the afternoon, local Anchorage-area high school students joined the group to hear presentations on law school, meet with volunteer legal community and judiciary mentors, and participate in a mock trial at the Boney Courthouse.Over 70 high school students participated in the two-day event.
The Color of Justice program is designed to foster diversity in the legal profession and judiciary by encouraging youth from varied backgrounds and ethnicities to consider careers as lawyers and judges.
The Rural Student Initiative — sponsored by all the regional Alaska Native corporations — was a new component this year to the Color of Justice program.
The Justice Center coordinated presentations about the Justice and Legal Studies programs at UAA, the UAA Multicultural Center, Native Student Services, and Alaska Native Studies. The half-day event included a tour of the campus, and lunch with UAA students from the Pre-Law Society, Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP), and the Native Student Council.
Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., and Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, serve on the "Color of Justice" organizing committee. Prof. Fortson, Prof. Periman, Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., and Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., participated in the mock trial and other presentations.
The Color of Justice program is presented by the National Association of Women Judges, the Alaska Bar Association, the Alaska Court System, Pacific Northwest law schools, and other sponsors.
See the photo gallery below:
|L to r standing: Prof. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center, and Bruce Anders, CIRI, with the|
rural high school students at the opening of the program at the UAA Multicultural Center.
|Tamika Dowdy, UAA Student Transition Advisor at the Multicultural Center,|
explained the resources available to students coming to our campus.
|Willy Templeton (center), Director, UAA Native Student Services,|
and Sheila Randazzo (l), Transition Advisor for the program,
outlined the assistance their staff can provide students.
|Prof. Willy Hensley, UAA College of Business and Public Policy Visiting Professor,|
and an Alaska Native leader, encouraged students to learn about and become
active in Alaska Native issues on a local, state, and federal level.
|Students visited ANSEP and heard from Michael Bourdukofsky (standing r), |
Chief Operations Officer.
|At ANSEP, Michael Ulroan (r), Acceleration Academy Regional Director, talked |
about the programs available to students.
|Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe (center) talked to students about being|
a lawyer and a judge. Students met with over a dozen volunteer lawyers and judges
during "Mentor-Jet: A Speed Mentoring Experience." Retired Alaska Supreme Court
Justice Walter Carpeneti can be seen to the right and behind Justice Fabe.
|The Color of Justice program received assistance from (l to r):|
Pamela Orme, Anchorage School District; Rachel Batres, CIRI; and
Margaret Newman, Alaska Court System.
The February 25 afternoon program was hosted by CIRI
at their headquarters office.