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Lee County high school students experience sixth annual Law Day

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Lee County Bar Association present Law Day 2019

Local high school students recently discovered the various facets of the Lee County legal system during the sixth annual Law Day, presented by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and the Lee County Bar Association. Law Day 2019 escorted 50 upper class, high school students from Lehigh Senior High School, Riverdale High School and South Fort Myers High School on a free tour of the Lee County Courthouse, where students observed the justice system in motion, met with legal professionals and obtained an inside look into law-related careers.

The day began with a presentation by the Clerk of Courts and a tour of the Clerk’s office, followed by a tour of the jail and concluding with a panel discussion led by three Honorable Circuit Lee County Judges. The event introduced students to various career paths and processes within the legal system, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Lee County Courthouse system and the multitude of professional opportunities available for those who are interested. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to speak with well-known legal professionals Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm, attorney Kelly Fayer, and Lee County Bar Association President John Webb, who contributed greatly to making this day special for participating students.

“Junior Achievement aims to inspire students through hands-on, real-life experiences, and our annual Law Day offers students an opportunity to learn about the field of law in a professional environment and consider if this is something they’d want to pursue as a future career path,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “We are so pleased to take more than 50 students through our Law Day experience this year, and are thankful for our community partners and the members of the business and legal community who joined us in making this day possible.”

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 200 classroom business volunteers during the 2017-2018 school year to provide nearly 63,800 hours of instruction to more than 11,600 students in 519 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

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