As the 2016-2017 school year gets underway, MARC is resuming its pro bono work with NJ LEEP, Inc., the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project.
The nonprofit, based at Seton Hall University School of Law, offers law-related and college-access programming to Newark middle and high school students and guidance to NJ LEEP alumni who are in college.
This past summer, MARC brought in four NJ LEEP sophomores, up from two during the summer of 2015, for a week of exposure to the law through an internship program.
Attorneys at the firm delivered presentations, ranging from employment to First Amendment law, to give the students an overview of practice areas. The attorneys also ran mock trial sessions for the students, took them to watch trials and meet judges, and instructed them in topics such as direct and cross examination.
And this academic year, MARC partner Michael R. Futterman — pictured on left, with his mentee — and MARC of counsel Kathleen A. Hirce are once again working with the organization's students in various programs. Michael was recently appointed to NJ LEEP’s Advisory Board, where he joins MARC partner John B. McCusker, as well as other attorneys, state officials and corporate executives, in helping NJ LEEP grow.
Mentors meet a few times a month with their mentees, beginning in their sophomore year and continuing through their senior year.
A large bulk of the time is devoted to helping the students prepare and write briefs for four constitutional debates during the school year. Mentors also give tips on public speaking, guide students in understanding complicated legal issues, talk with them about career goals and college, assist them with school work and help them prepare for standardized tests.
MARC is already looking forward to its summer 2017 program with NJ LEEP.