Deadline to apply: 5 p.m. (AKST) Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Ever thought of becoming a lawyer? Arguing a big case? Fighting for civil rights? Helping advance a new business venture for a large company? For many highschool-aged teenagers living in rural Alaska, it just became easier to find out what it might be like to do these things.
Thanks to donations from Alaska Native regional corporations, as many as 40 rural students will be flown to Anchorage next month to participate in the Color of Justice program. The program enlightens minority youth about the opportunities that await them in the legal profession.
“Color of Justice is an excellent program that teaches and inspires kids about our legal system and the many possible careers in law,” said Bruce Anders, a CIRI vice president and general counsel. “We would like to see more Alaska Native youth from rural Alaska participate in the program and that’s why we’ve launched this initiative.”
Anders, along with the CIRI corporate communications department, produced a video that the Alaska Native Justice Center will send to rural schools to show to students to encourage them to submit an online application to participate. The video, application and more information are available through the Alaska Native Justice Center website (www.anjc.org).
The Color of Justice program features workshops, mentoring events and a mock trial, all led by judges, local lawyers and law professors and takes place Feb. 25-26. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Friday, Feb. 5. Applications received by the deadline will be considered.