Recently, nine attorneys and staff from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP along with an attorney from the Future Privacy Forum, hosted a career fair for 6th-8th grade girls at their partner DCPS Title I public school in Ward 7, Kelly Miller Middle School. The attorneys introduced the students to several careers in the legal profession through multimedia presentations and interactive activities, such as games, mock interviews and even negotiations over oranges. They also discussed their own paths to selecting law as their chosen careers.
“We are thrilled to connect women attorneys and staff with the young women at Kelly Miller to discuss career goals and planning,” said Reiko Koyama, one of the organizers of the event. “Career development is a lifelong process that includes mentorship, support, resources and role modeling. Every successful woman has a group of successful women behind her, and we’re excited to uplift the next generation.”
In addition, Carol Schlenker, a Senior Immigration Paralegal, was named “Volunteer of the Year” by Higher Achievement DC Metro. Carol spent three hours every week tutoring 6th to 8th graders at Kelly Miller. The Ward 7 Learning Coordinator for Higher Achievement commended Carol not only for her deep dedication to tutoring students every week, but also for connecting many kids interested in a business career with outside resources such as Junior Achievement, and even playing basketball with the 6th grade boys. As Carol often tells people, she may be physically middle aged, but she’s spiritually a middle schooler!