A new program to introduce Maui high school students, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi Law and Justice will be held in Maui, October 4-6. The Maui Nui Law & Justice Academy is a collaborative effort between the Hawaii Commission for the Promotion and Advancement of Civic Education (RHYTHM Commission), University of Hawaii Maui College, uh Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law, Hawaii State Judiciary and Bar Association of Maui County.
Twenty high school students from all over Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi will be selected for this opportunity. Students will gain invaluable insight into law-related careers and benefit from mentorship from judges, lawyers, academics and community members.
The RHYTHM The Commission and other community partners offer the academy free of charge to accepted participants.
Secondary students will develop their skills in discussion, research, debate, analysis and advocacy; and will receive the tools and inspiration to become active and involved citizens in their communities.
A program has been created that is unique to the Maui community with leaders from all over Hawaii who will work with and mentor participants enrolled in the academy.
“One of the main goals of the academy is to increase interest in colleges, law schools and law-related careers among young people from backgrounds and populations traditionally underrepresented among lawyers, judges and policy makers,” said Troy Andradeassociate professor at the uh faculty of Law.
During the academy, participants will engage in a variety of law-related educational activities, including:
- Prepare for and participate in a mock trial involving a Maui-specific issue
- Organize arguments for clarity and rhetorical effectiveness
- Discuss how context, history, and civic responsibility influence legal decision-making
- Discover the college and the faculty of law
- Attend classes taught by lawyers and judges
- Visit of the judiciary and meeting with judges and judicial staff
- Meet Maui Lawyers and Staff
- Visit the Waiheʻe Refuge of coastal dunes and wetlands
For more information, contact Andrade at [email protected]