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Varnum to Host Student Mock Trial for Latino Law Day

July 13, 2016

Varnum will host students from the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan on Friday, July 22 for a "Latino Law Day" field trip at the firm's Grand Rapids office. The law firm visit will include a mock trial with students acting as parties, attorneys, witnesses, judge and jury, and will also include Varnum attorneys speaking about their individual areas of legal focus.

Approximately 70 to 80 high school students will take part in the event. The students are part of the Supporting Our Leaders summer program of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. The law firm visit is designed to help students get a closer look at the legal environment to help them feel more comfortable about choosing a career in law.

"We are delighted to welcome these students to Varnum," said Joy Fossel, who coordinates the firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. "Opportunities like these align with the firm's ongoing efforts to encourage and foster diversity in the legal profession."

Rachel Lopez, who serves as Director of Youth and Parent Services at the Center, noted that students in the SOL program visited Varnum for a similar program five years ago.

"Our students had a great experience the last time we visited so we reached out to Joy about having another Latino Law Day," said Lopez. "We're excited about bringing the students to Varnum again."

The mission of the SOL program is to promote lifelong success by keeping kids engaged academically throughout the summer and providing leadership development and workplace readiness opportunities. Students attend the eight-week program at the Center Monday through Thursday, with Friday reserved for off-site visits. Other field trips have included visits to college campuses and various employers.

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