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But what does it take to be a lawyer? Becoming a lawyer takes time, determination, and resources. Find out whether being a lawyer is the right path for you by hearing from lawyers who are thriving within the profession  and enjoying it and by reading about prominent lawyers and the profession.

To see information about the Suit Up for the Future program, please click on the "For High School Students" link below.

For High School Students


2019 Suit Up for the Future Summer Internship Program
June 10 - 28, 2019
Dates:
The three week program is scheduled for June 10 - 28, 2019.

Location:
Louisiana State Bar Association, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA

Eligibility:
Students should have an interest in pursuing a legal career and should be entering the 11th or 12th Grade in the Fall of 2019 or entering their first year of college in the Fall of 2019.

Facebook Page:
To view photos and information about the Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.

Program Details:
The three week program will be held at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, and is scheduled on June 10 - June 28, 2019. Students who complete the program will be eligible for a stipend of up to $250.00. Students must provide their own transportation to the program. Students have the option of paying a residential housing fee if housing is needed (adult chaperone required).

The Louisiana State Bar Association in partnership with Just the Beginning and the Louisiana Bar Foundation hosts an annual internship program. This program is available to incoming high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in the legal profession. Students participate in a three-week legal institute, during which they attend an abridged law school session, field trips to law schools and courts, and an internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. Students provide their own transportation and housing. Over the course of the three-week program, students will be introduced to lawyers, legal documents, and the legal system all designed to assist them in pondering one important question, “Do I really want to be a lawyer?”

For additional questions, please contact us at diversity@lsba.org.

Classroom Activities:
Inside the “Suit Up classroom,” students will experience the Socratic teaching method and gain exposure to specified law school courses, including, criminal law, and legal research and writing. Students will also receive a mock trial problem, which will serve as the basis for the legal writing assignment and oral argument that the students will present to a panel of judges at the end of the program.

In a second component of the “Suit Up classroom,” students will be provided with advice and substantive information from guest speakers, and receive instruction in creating competitive resumes, preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), professionalism, ethics, and workplace etiquette and attire. The time inside the classroom will provide students with ample time to work as a group on assignments and seek feedback from various legal mentors throughout the course.

Attorney Shadowing:
A second facet of the course will allow Suit Up participants to step outside the classroom and see first-hand what it means to be a “lawyer.” The attorney shadowing is designed to provide students with the following experiences:

• a tour of the law firm/agency, in a tour of the law firm/agency, including all departments, so that students gain an understanding of all of the support staff that comprise a law firm/agency;
• the opportunity to join the attorney on outings (such as depositions, hearings, and trials);
• lunch with the attorney; and
• mentoring and support on the oral argument and supporting legal memorandum being developed by the student.

Students will also prepare a list of questions to ask attorneys whom they shadow so that the student gains an appreciation of the day-to-day schedule of an attorney, as well as the role that lawyers play in society and in the administration of justice. *Students must have transportation to and from the shadowing assignment.

Field Trips:
Finally, the Suit Up students will attend several field trips. The students will tour two area law schools, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Court museum, and federal court buildings. During the tours, students will hear from several guest speakers and may have the opportunity to view proceedings at several state and federal courts.

Program:
To view the 2018 printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at the Suit Up for the Future program.

Suit Up Publicity: 

To view the Suit Up article featured in the New Orleans Advocate, please click here
To view the Suit Up article featured in the Clarion Herald, please click here
To view the Suit Up segment featured on WDSU news, please click here.  

Facebook:
To view photos and information about the 2018 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here

Memorandum and Oral Arguments:
The Suit Up for the Future Class of 2018 prepared a legal memorandum that supported the oral argument that was presented to a panel of judges on the final day of the program. For the oral argument, students were divided into two teams - FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented an oral argument to a panel of judges. The esteemed panel included: 

  • Honorable Paula A. Brown, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit
  • Honorable Tiffany G. Chase, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit
  • Honorable D. Nicole Sheppard, Orleans Parish Civil District Court
  • Honorable Janis Van Meerveld, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

2018 Suit up oral arguments:

Adrija Bhattacharjee and Terrol L. Perkins
https://youtu.be/37Y3WRn0tn8 

Gabrielle A. Bradford and Aria A. Morgan
https://youtu.be/uqAXlnmJRk0 

Chloe G. Brown and Alexandrea D. Flakes
https://youtu.be/Eu9oksw-GBs

Solange G. Campbell and Cassadi L. Marone
https://youtu.be/sLURzOWhX44 

Brooklyn M. Comeaux and Shandrea U.M. Dyson
https://youtu.be/5wIYL5KKOw0 

Lanisha M. Dorsey and Grace H. Traina
https://youtu.be/EB220IcicG8 

Amaya E. Felix and Patrick D. Murray
https://youtu.be/VCQ9x4P11m0 

Kewanee A. Harris and Rose Z. Ayyad
https://youtu.be/yLvD7nlw_nY 

Christian H. Lacoste and Nisha V. Bhatia
https://youtu.be/yKdBxUx4IMw 

Bridget C. Spinney and Paitlyn M. McDonald
https://youtu.be/Gu1-V8w7-00 

Nakia Williams and Alyssa M. Portillo
https://youtu.be/dBplYaUWM64 

Matias D. Witte and Theresa M. Falgoust
https://youtu.be/jaCq-E9mwsc

Oral Argument Winners:

Morning Session
Prosecution: Aria A. Morgan
Defense: Adrija Bhattacharjee

Afternoon Session
Prosecution: Theresa M. Falgoust
Defense: Christian H. Lacoste

Best Memorandum:
Prosecution: Aria A. Morgan 
Defense: Gabrielle A. Bradford
Program:
To see the 2017 printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at the Suit Up for the Future program.

Facebook:
To view photos and information about the 2017 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.

Memorandum and Oral Arguments:
The Suit Up for the Future Class of 2017 prepared a legal memorandum that supported the oral argument that was presented to a panel of judges on the final day of the program. For the oral argument, students were divided into two teams - FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented an oral argument to a panel of judges. The esteemed panel included: 

  • Honorable Paula A. Brown, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit
  • Honorable Joseph B. Landry, Section D, Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans
  • Honorable Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

2017 Suit up oral arguments:


Alanna B. Austin and Isabel S. Sauviac
https://youtu.be/bR-V9tXfm-U

Aityana U. Cousin and Khaja K. Bradley
https://youtu.be/PnIsyNWjrkg

Ishmael J. Blackstone and Sionne J. Murray
https://youtu.be/VeCkygUJvp8

Meghan E. Quaglino and Domenic G. Mesa
https://youtu.be/QPCau7IMd3U

Tori D. Dozier and Carrington J. Carey
https://youtu.be/LO-NYPR0XT4  

Grace Josephine Rose Morse and Hayward J. Expose' Jr.
https://youtu.be/6_oCRAOT6zU
 
Oral Argument Winners:

Prosecution: Isabel S. Sauviac
Defense: Ishmael J. Blackstone

Best Memorandum:
Prosecution: Domenic G. Mesa
Defense: Meghan E. Quaglino
Program:
To view the 2016 printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at the Suit Up for the Future program. 

Facebook:
To view photos and information about the 2016 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.

Memorandum and Oral Arguments:

The Suit Up for the Future Class of 2016 prepared a legal memorandum that supported the oral argument that was presented to a panel of judges on the final day of the program. For the oral argument, students were divided into two teams - FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented an oral argument to a panel of judges. The esteemed panel included:

  • Honorable Paula A. Brown, Orleans Parish Civil District Court
  • Honorable Tiffany G. Chase, Orleans Parish Civil District Court
  • Honorable Daniel E. Knowles, III, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Michael B. North, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Kern A. Reese, Orleans Parish Civil District Court
  • Honorable Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

2016 Suit up oral arguments:

Gabriella Ayala & Fatima Rahman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew0oz-G9BUM

Emma Chiao & Erron Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H07KhR8mNis

Tamunobelema Derefaka & Jerrica Fleming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sIZkwUlpxg

Gabriela Guzman & Deja Hansell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kQ39ZXCwm0

Daryl Naquin & Asia Hentkowski
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lfHFJQ0GdY

Olymar Oceguera & Ashley Berry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btHX6yQcpRo

Dillon Peters & Amara Stokes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDJkLRgtOvs

Shaela Phillips & Gary Peters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQvteMHyvkE

Kenedi Reed & Caroline Bland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SmKB8frIAI

Zora Robinson & Bailey Chauvin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzNKHph_vb8

Oral Argument Winners:

Morning Session
Prosecution: Asia J. Hentkowski
Defense: Daryl A. Naquin Jr.

Afternoon Session
Prosecution: Caroline M. Bland
Defense: Zora D. Robinson

Best Memorandum:
Prosecution: Tamunobelema A. Derefaka
Defense: Daryl A. Naquin Jr.
Program:
To view the 2015 printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at the Suit Up for the Future program. 

Facebook:
To view photos and information about the 2015 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.

Memorandum and Oral Arguments:
The Suit Up for the Future Class of 2015 prepared a legal memorandum that supported the oral argument that was presented to a panel of judges on the final day of the program. For the oral argument, students were divided into two teams - FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented an oral argument to a panel of judges. The esteemed panel included:

  • Honorable June Berry Darensburg, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court
  • Honorable Daniel E. Knowles III, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Ivan L. R. Lemelle, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr., U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

Oral Argument Winners:

Morning Session
Prosecution: Kayla C. Barthelemy
Defense: Gerald A. Aviles

Afternoon Session
Prosecution: Treslyn E. Davenport
Defense: Kyree M. Magee

Best Memorandum:
Prosecution: Kayla C. Barthelemy
Defense: Emily R. Lema
Program:
To view the 2014 printed program, please click here. This will give you a detailed look at the Suit Up for the Future program.

Facebook:
To view photos and information about the 2014 Suit Up for the Future program, please click here.

Memorandum and Oral Arguments:
Suit Up for the Future Class of 2014 prepared a legal memorandum that supported the oral argument that was presented to a panel of judges on the final day of the program. For the oral argument, students were divided into two teams - FOR and AGAINST on an issue, but individually presented an oral argument to a panel of judges. The esteemed panel included:

  • Honorable Roland L. Belsome, Jr., Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit
  • Honorable Tiffany G. Chase, Orleans Parish Civil District Court
  • Honorable Stanwood R. Duval, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Jane M. Triche-Milazzo, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Susie Morgan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Honorable Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana

2014 Suit Up Oral Arguments:

Bria I. Hays & Saul Garcia Amezuca
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqUO8GpsT8Q

Miles E. Baldwin & Morgan M. Grant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xIJPolbwwc

David L. Lawson Jr. & Sarah Chiasson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op7Z0sEnHDc

Sara DeRouen & Carine M. Lama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6V7HMa5W4A

Skyler K. Ockman & Cassidy M. Wells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YW6Kv21PPU

Hannah M. Lampo & John P. Larson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZk8CcoHljw

Alexis N. Calderon & Synise Pierre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZtHrJG7kaM

Evan Vedros & Amanda A. Addison
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e9DFhcN0c4

Oral Argument Winner:
Miles E. Ballard

Best Memorandum:
Morgan M. Grant
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
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