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 three-week legal institute, during which students 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. Selected students have an interest in pursuing a legal career and are entering the 11th or 12th Grade in the Fall of 2018 or entering their first year of college in the Fall of 2018.
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.