Inspiring high school girls to consider careers in the law

Practitioner in residence Lisa Sparks, B.A. ’05, J.D. ’07, an associate with Wright, Constable & Skeen, talked with The Daily Record for a story about the “Rosie the Lawyer” program, which seeks to educate Baltimore high school girls about the legal profession. (You will need a subscription to read the full article.)

“We just love the opportunity to expose the profession of law and the image of a successful woman attorney from a variety of perspectives — some of us are in court, some are transactional, some have kids and some don’t,” Sparks said in the Jan. 20 article. “There are lots of different paths for a career in law and ways for women to create a life and career that they want.”

Dejae Yates, 17, a Baltimore Polytechnic Institute student, said she became interested in criminal prosecution by watching TV shows such as “Law & Order.” Yates said that talking with Baltimore Circuit Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion, J.D. ’84, was the highlight of the program for her.

Sparks, a first-generation college student who graduated summa cum laude from the UB School of Law, said she understood the stress many high school girls feel as they near graduation and wonder what to do with their lives.

“I navigated that on my own and put myself through college and law school, and I feel like I have very much in common with these young ladies,“ she said. “Most are the first in their families to go to college; they don’t have those kind of role models at home to know how to dress appropriately in an office environment or how to conduct themselves.”

In December, 3L Annice Brown addressed the high school students and shared her own experiences. After planning to go into dentistry, Brown said, she switched gears and decided on law.

“If I recognized something I thought was an injustice, I would automatically get very involved and very invested in it,” Brown said. “I definitely wanted to defend people and take up for people.”

To learn more about Lisa Sparks, click here and scroll down to find her last name.

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