Summer Justice Academy for Young Women kicks off third year

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judge and Pace Law School are launching the third annual Summer Justice Academy for Young Women with a fundraiser tomorrow for the program, which will take place on July 11-15.

The Justice Academy is a one-week program that introduces 40 minority and disadvantaged high school students from Westchester County and New York City to the law, to inspire them to pursue careers in the legal field. Students are taught primarily by women judges, law professors and practicing lawyers who volunteer their time. Pace faculty also serve as professional and academic role models.

The girls typically tour the Westchester County Courthouse to meet judges and prosecutors This year, for the first time, the girls are going to Washington, D.C. to tour the U.S. Supreme Court, the Capitol and possibly the White House.

“In its two years of operation, the Justice Academy has already motivated students who have gone on to college, and who now credit the Justice Academy with exposing them to the tremendous opportunities of a legal education and giving them the confidence and inspiration to pursue careers in law,” organizers said in a written statement.

The fundraising reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Shenorock Shore Club in Rye. To RSVP or to inquire about making a donation, call Judy Jaeger at Pace Law School at (914) 422-4407.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.