News Release

For Immediate Release


On September 27, 2012, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ovick, and Supervisor Gioia join the Contra Costa County Bar Association and its members in celebration of local High School Law Academies and to support these important programs for at-risk high school students.

CONCORD, CALIFORNIA, September 27, 2012

What: The Bar Fund Gala in Support of Contra Costa High School Law & Justice Academies
When: September 27, 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549
More Info: Annual Gala to Support Local High School Law Academies (Contra Costa Lawyer magazine, September 2012)

Law & Justice Academies are vital because they help students excel academically, prepare for college, and explore careers in the legal field. The academy model is based on meeting the needs of students who are at risk due to poor attendance, low test scores, or because they are economically disadvantaged. Students receive exposure to the legal profession and develop the skills and knowledge needed to embark on advanced professional and academic careers. Department of Education reports show that academy students have significantly higher graduation rates and scores. Additionally, the academy model helps more students meet UC admission requirements.

"Law & Justice Academies instill in students purpose for remaining in school and direction in a variety of law-related careers after graduation. All of our futures are brighter because of these collective efforts." Dick Frankel, a member of the Deer Valley Law & Justice Academy Advisory Committee. The goal of this year's Gala is to raise $30,000 to fund law-related field trips, Mock Trial programs and teacher training. Academies being honored are Deer Valley High School Law & Justice Academy (Antioch), Richmond Law Academy, and De Anza Law Academy (Richmond).

Below are some details about this year's Gala Honorees and the types of programs that will benefit from this year's proceeds. For more information, come join us at the Gala where you can meet some of the Law Academy students, see their work, and hear how High School Law Academies engage and inspire students in Contra Costa County.

About DeAnza High School Law Academy

The De Anza Law Academy is a small learning community within De Anza High School. Law Academy students learn and advance as a cohort, working together with dedicated faculty to prepare for the college or career of their choice. The Law Academy is an excellent option for students interested in the functions of government, the legal system, and public service and advocacy. Law Academy students receive exposure to the legal profession, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to embark on advanced professional and academic careers. The De Anza Law Academy is newly established and has already formed valuable partnerships with the California Bar Association, the ACLU of Northern California, and several corporations and law firms. We look forward to building a strong learning environment that fosters academic growth, professionalism, and integrity.

About Deer Valley High School Law & Justice Academy

The Deer Valley Law and Justice Academy opened in the fall of 2009 to a freshman class of 100 students. Since then, the academy has expanded to include 300 students. The DVLJA is designed to be a small learning community with 4 years of rigorous curriculum, team building, knowledge of law and preparation for college and life afterward, with unique experiences and abilities. Each student develops foundational skills and personal qualities that members of the legal and law enforcement professions utilize daily. This year, the academy is excited to offer a new internship program for senior students that promotes participation in the legal community and prepares outgoing students for their future careers.

About Richmond High School Law Academy

The Richmond High Law Academy is designed to prepare students for careers in both law and law enforcement. Students are given opportunities in class to process crime scenes, write legal briefs, and participate in mock trials and moot court. The Law Academy sponsors two clubs: competitive mock trial, and a social/political debate club called JSA, and also works with the Police Explorers on campus. The RHS Law Academy relies heavily on attorney volunteers in our classrooms to work with groups on mock trial, moot court, and also to serve as judges for those activities. Richmond High is continuously recruiting attorneys and other law professionals to serve as mentors to our students. Please stop by our table to find out how you may volunteer for any of these positions. The RHS Law Academy has been in existence for 7 years and is fortunate to have a dedicated and extremely helpful Advisory Board!

The Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering support in matters of the law, the legal community and the judicial system. Trusted since 1934, the CCCBA serves thousands of legal professionals and members of the community each year.

Contact Lisa Reep
(925) 686-6900

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