On June 20, 2018 Shields | Mott LLP hosted two high school students in participation with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2018 Suit Up for the Future High School Summer Legal Institute Intern Program. Suit Up for the Future is a partnership of the Louisiana Bar Association, Just the Beginning, and Louisiana Bar Foundation. In 2013, the program was the recipient of the ABA Partnership Program Award. Each year approximately fifteen students—-junior, seniors, and recent graduates, are selected to participate in the program. The program is designed to introduce students to the legal profession. Throughout the three-week program, students are provided with a realistic experience that encompasses the following: an abridged law school session, an internship consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts, experience with the Socratic teaching method and exposure to law courses—including legal writing and oral argument in preparation for mock oral arguments and writing a legal memorandum in support of an assigned position, instruction in resume writing, observation of court proceedings at each level of the court system and interaction with judges, touring two area law schools, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Court museum, and federal court buildings. The goal of the program is to provide students with insight into the legal profession and encourage them to choose law as a career path.
Students had the opportunity to “shadow” attorneys for the day. The day started with legal research and received instruction with Ms. Laura Avery on how to conduct online legal research and utilize Westlaw application tools, including search terms and connectors, research tips, and identifying the difference between “good” and “bad” case law. The students also received one-on-one interaction with our attorneys discussing Construction Law and Trademark and Intellectual Property with Mr. Adrian D’Arcy and Mr. Andrew Vicknair, respectively. Additionally, Shields | Mott LLP offers a summer law clerk internship program and the students discussed the law clerks’ experience about not only the summer associate program but law school.
The students visited the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and met the Honorable Chief Judge James McKay. Judge McKay provided a personal tour of the 4th Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Courthouse library.
The students spent the afternoon at the Civil District Court of New Orleans. The Honorable Judge Ervin-Knott, Division “D” provided an overview of her courtroom and judicial insight.