While the majority of Hamilton County students are partaking in a little rest and relaxation during their Fall Break, which officially begins on Monday, 20 Hamilton County students are spending the first two days of their break at the Leadership and Law Academy. This academy, hosted by Chattanooga Legal Diversity Consortium, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Through lectures from local attorneys, field trips to the courthouse and law firms, guest speakers and discussion on college prep, minority high school students will learn about and see firsthand about the path of becoming a lawyer, the study of law, and the various ways lawyers work throughout the community. The Academy will take place at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and will feature sessions at a private law firm, the Hamilton County Courthouse, and City Hall.
Minority students in grades 10–12 will begin and end each day in Jury Room #5 in the Hamilton County Courts Building. Students from Howard High, Tyner High, Notre Dame, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy were selected by their teachers/guidance counselors to attend this free camp offered by the Chattanooga Legal Diversity Consortium.
The sponsors of the 2017 Chattanooga Leadership and Law Academy are Husch Blackwell and the City of Chattanooga. The coordinators of the event include The City of Chattanooga, Husch Blackwell, Baker Donelson, Chambliss Bahner, the Chattanooga Bar Association and members of the Chattanooga Legal Diversity Consortium.