Student Mentored by Michael Futterman Places First in Debate

A Newark high school student mentored by MARC partner Michael R. Futterman took home a first-place trophy on Nov. 11, 2016 in a debate over affirmative action in higher education.

NJ LEEP Inc., a college-preparation nonprofit in Newark, ran the debate on the constitutional implications of a race-conscious admissions program at a hypothetical public university. The debate judges included attorneys and Seton Hall University School of Law professors.

The organization, based at the law school, provides law-related and college-access programming to middle and high school students in Newark and offers guidance to its alumni who are in college.

Michael meets frequently with his mentee, and his role includes helping the student prepare and write briefs for four constitutional law debates.

MARC also offers NJ LEEP students a week long summer internship that exposes them to a range of practice areas, from employment to First Amendment law.

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