Girl Scouts Take the Stand at Project Law Track Mock Trial

Girl Scouts Take the Stand at Project Law Track Mock Trial

All rise, the Project Law Track mock trial is now in session!

On Saturday, May 14, the Project Law Track program in Chicago concluded with a mock trial at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. The Hon. Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer presided. The mock trial centered around an alleged fight between two singers on a reality show.

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Judge Pallmeyer asks a question during the mock trial

“I loved Project Law Track, it was an amazing experience to be able to speak in front of a jury!” said Faiza Khan, a 14-year-old Girl Scout Senior, who plans to study criminal law. “At first, I wasn’t nervous. But when I came into the courtroom, I was nervous and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to say what I needed to say but my mentor calmed me down. I think the most important part of Project Law Track is having someone help you and show you the way.”

The mock trial is the culmination of Project Law Track, a series of four interactive sessions exploring the different facets of law. The series was co-founded by Monica Weed, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Navigant Counseling in Chicago and second vice president for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Board of Directors, and takes place in Chicago and DuPage with the help of attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women, DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.  The DuPage mock trial was held on April 30.

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Lawyers help Girl Scouts prepare for the mock trial

 

Ashley Gray, assistant attorney general at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, participated in Project Law Track as a mentor two years ago and was excited to return.

“I’m a former Girl Scout and my mom led my troop, so it’s always held a special place in my heart,” she said. “Project Law Track is an amazing opportunity to expose girls to law and give back to the community. Today was the culmination of a great experience. The girls did a great job.”

She also had a few words of wisdom for aspiring lawyers.

“Because law is a tough field, the most important thing is to be authentic and let that guide your career and your decisions,” Ashley said. “Stay true to yourself and you can’t go wrong. The best lawyers stay close to service. Law is a profession of service.”

To learn more about Project Law Track and other specially-designed series offered by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, click here.

Girl Scouts Learn About Careers in Law at Project Law Track

Girl Scouts Learn About Careers in Law at Project Law Track

Is being a lawyer really like Law & Order? Do people really yell “order in the court”?

Earlier this month, Girl Scouts from across the council began learning what it takes to be a lawyer during Project Law Track, a series of four interactive sessions exploring the different facets of law.

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Students learn about the different facets of law during Project Law Track. 

The series was co-created by Monica Weed, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Navigant Counseling in Chicago and second vice president for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Board of Directors.

Throughout Project Law Track sessions, which take place in Chicago and DuPage, attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women, DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois work with Girl Scouts on different facets of law and the series concludes with a mock trial.

“I just started high school and I’m looking into different careers,” said Angelica Williams, a ninth grader at Lane Tech High School. “I want to learn about things that may be of interest to me. Girl Scouts is great to meet new people and learn new things. I’m looking forward to learning about the different types of law.”

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Girl Scout Senior Angelica Williams introduces herself to the group.

During the first session, girls received an overview of legal concepts from women lawyers, including reality versus depictions of lawyers in media; the origins of law; criminal versus civil law; ethics and responsibilities; direct and cross examination; as well as how to prepare of law school.

“It’s important to have programs like Project Law Track so you can see people represented in the field and know that we did it and you can do it, too,” Jasmine Jackson, a case processing analyst contractor for the U.S. Department of Labor, told the students. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have a lot of mentors and I want to encourage younger girls to get involved with law because it starts now.”

To learn more about Project Law Track and other specially-designed series offered by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, click here.