April 21, 2017 (NEW YORK) – Proskauer hosted the final moot court competition for students from Francis Lewis High School at its New York office. Members of the Firm watched two of the students argue whether the stop and frisk of a woman wearing gang attire in a high crime area was constitutional. Partners Michael Cardozo, Margaret Dale and Joshua Newville presided as judges and provided constructive feedback to the competitors.
A relationship that began 29 years ago, the Firm partners with the high school and coaches its moot court team in simulated court proceedings. The program began with just two students and has grown to classes of 20 students. The students travel to the New York office twice a week over the course of the fall and spring semesters, and more than 30 lawyers volunteer as coaches and guest judges. The program cultivates mentoring relationships between lawyers and students, helping the students gain public speaking and critical thinking skills, and fostering discipline and self-confidence.
Following the competition, the moot court judges answered questions from students about their educational backgrounds and personal career paths.
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