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Youth Summer Legal Institute set for IU McKinney

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Teenagers interested in legal careers will learn from judges, lawyers and other legal professionals at a program June 16-20 at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

The Summer Legal Institute presented by Just the Beginning Foundation aims to expand diversity in the profession and expects about 40 students ages 14-18 to attend this year’s event, said marketing and development director Mark Dinglasan.

The Chicago-based organization started in 1992 with a mission of creating a pipeline of students from low- to moderate-income communities and groups typically underrepresented in the profession, including women and minorities, Dinglasan said.

Applications for the free program will be accepted until available slots are filled. More information on the program, including application information, is available here.

Legal professionals interested in volunteering for the program may contact Dinglasan at mdinglasan@jtbf.org or 312-258-4574. “Every step of the way we look for judges and attorneys who want to give back and uplift these young people,” he said.

Indianapolis is one of nine cities, mostly in the Midwest, where Just the Beginning operates. Dinglasan said the institute is its cornerstone program in the Circle City.

The organization partners with law firms, corporations and other groups to facilitate programs. Dinglasan said Indianapolis partners include corporations such as Eli Lilly, The Finish Line Inc., Cummins Inc. and UnitedHealth One. The program will conclude with a closing ceremony June 20 at Eli Lilly.
 

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