BUFFALO, N.Y. -- High school students and college undergraduates
dedicated to changing the world will have the chance to see how a
legal degree and legal expertise can lead to meaningful social
change through a new UB interdisciplinary summer program to be held
at the Chautauqua Institution.
The seminar, "Lawyers as Agents for Social Change," scheduled
for Aug. 22-26, brings UB faculty together with other distinguished
speakers to explore the role lawyers can have on changing policy
and stepping into the role of agents of social change in today's
"In this course, part of the university's Extension Learning
Experience, students will learn how lawyers, jurists and
legislators use the law as a tool to implement social change," says
Monica Piga Wallace, lead faculty member and professor at the UB
Law School. "We will examine how desired outcomes can be achieved
using legislation, litigation and negotiation."
A small number of students -- enrollment is limited to 12 --
will visit the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. There they
will examine the impact Jackson had on American law as attorney
general, justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and as chief prosecutor
for the U.S. during the historic Nuremberg Trials (1945 --
As part of the program, students will reside at one of America's
cultural jewels, the Chautauqua Institution in Jamestown.
The cost to participate is $1,400, and includes transportation,
lodging, meals and admission fees to the Chautauqua Institution.
The deadline to register is July 20. To register, visit: https://www.ubevents.org/event/experience2012.
To view a video on the project visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq_kZJRu0UY".
The first-time summer seminar targets high school students and
college undergraduates considering a law career or others
interested in how legal training can bring about meaningful change
in society and government, says Hadar Borden, UB administrative
director of undergraduate academies, whose organization was
instrumental in establishing the Extension Learning Experience. The
summer program is a coordinated effort between UB's Undergraduate
Academies and the UB Law School.
"Students are fascinated by human rights issues and social
justice," Borden says. "This experience allows students to explore
how lawyers serve as guardians of human rights, and how lawyers use
the law as a tool to implement social change. Students will learn
how a career in law can equip them to effect social change at the
local, national and international levels."
"This opportunity allows students to explore the law as a
vehicle for social change from many perspectives and to explore
relationships between lawyers, jurists, citizens and the
community," says Bernadette Gargano, lead faculty member and
professor at the UB Law School. "This extended learning experience
will be particularly special because we will explore the
interrelationships among local, national and global legal systems,
which are, in the end, meant to positively influence the rights of
those governed by them, the people."
Among the highlights of the program are:
-- Students enrolled in the Lawyers as Agents for Social Change
will have the chance to engage with distinguished professors who
share their social change interest in a small, personal
-- The summer course focuses on one-on-one opportunities to
study the ways lawyers have triggered social change and explore the
paths these students can aim for this service.
-- The program provides an excellent background to enroll in
this fall's Discovery Seminar, in which students will explore the
role of lawyers as agents of social change in the Civil Rights
-- The course includes a tour of a New York State Supreme
Courthouse, where those in the class will watch a court proceeding,
interact with judges and court personnel and discuss roles and
duties with court officials.
-- Several guests lectures, including Douglas Neckers, scholar
and scientist who has studied the Nuremberg Trials, and John Q.
Barrett, a legal historian, biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson
and professor of law at St. John's University School of Law.
Staying at the Chautauqua Institution also gives students access to
the center's full program of lectures and exhibits. Chautauqua
Institution also has swimming, sailing, golf, tennis, kayaking,
hiking, a fitness center and a full compliment of theatrical and
music shows, making it what visitors have called a "full service
vacation stop for body, mind and spirit."
"We are bringing a profession to life," Borden says. "This can
be a game-changer for students. We encourage students to develop a
competitive profile so that they have a story to share in personal
statements and interviews.
"This will be a story, the inspiring moment when it all clicked.
I think we all can identify a time in our undergraduate experience
when it all finally clicked -- the 'ah ha' moment."