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Students Get a Closer Look into the Legal Field

Students Get a Closer Look into the Legal Field

RumbergerKirk Hosts Annual Educational Program in Partnership with Allstate Insurance Company and Street Law, Inc.

Freedom High School students visit RumbergerKirk in Orlando to participate in two interactive workshops, explore careers within the legal field and meet with local, county, circuit, and federal judges over lunch.

Students from Freedom High School in Orlando participated in a three-day educational law program presented by The Law Offices of Robert J. Smith (staff counsel for Allstate Insurance Company and its associated companies) and RumbergerKirk on January 15 – 17, 2020. The Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, a joint effort of Street Law, Inc. and the Association of Corporate Counsel, provides students with an overview of relevant legal topics and insight into careers in the legal field.

During the first two days of the program, attorneys and staff from Allstate and RumbergerKirk presented seminars at Freedom High School regarding contracts and advertising law and how they relate to the students’ daily lives. On the third day, students visited RumbergerKirk in Orlando to participate in interactive workshops that included a mock mediation on a contract dispute and a role-playing scenario in which the students were asked to act as attorneys consulting with clients regarding proposed advertisements.

Following the workshops, students explored careers in connection with the legal profession and interacted with local professionals at a job fair. Local county, circuit, and federal judges attended, along with attorneys and other professionals related to the legal industry, such as court reporters, interpreters, insurance adjusters, process servers, and paralegals.  Individuals in administrative fields, including human resources and marketing, also met with students during the job fair.

Court reporters, from Orange Legal- A Veritext Company, show students how they record spoken word with a stenotype machine.
Program Coordinator Kristen Meyer and Partner Lori Caldwell spend many months coordinating the event each year.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with legal and related professionals and spark their interest in careers they might not have known exist,” said Orlando Partner Lori Caldwell, the attorney coordinator of the program at the firm for the past seven years.

About the Partners:

Street Law, Inc. is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which strives to educate students and communities worldwide about law, democracy and human rights.  It seeks to empower individuals to actively contribute to society through its various programs, including its Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program.

The Law Offices of Robert J. Smith is Allstate’s Florida staff counsel, representing Allstate, its associated companies, and their insureds in legal matters covered under their policies.

The team at Allstate help make the annual Street Law program possible.