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June 15, 2014
TWL's “Girls Where They Are” event

TALLAHASSEE WOMEN LAWYERS hosted “Girls Where They Are,” a diversity pipeline program to expose girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to the possibility of entering the legal profession. TWL President Linda Bond Edwards said providing the middle-schoolers with positive interactions with lawyers and judges can make an impact on how these girls view the profession. In May, 36 young ladies from Nims Middle School in Tallahassee participated in the GWTA program by visiting all three branches of state government and interacting with women judges and attorneys. The program was funded in part by The Florida Bar’s diversity leadership grant. The first stop was the Supreme Court, where they learned about the structure of the court system and participated in a moot court exercise. Next, the girls walked across the street to the Capitol for a networking lunch with several attorneys from the Legislature and state agencies. After briefly visiting the Senate chambers, pictured above, the middle-schoolers traveled to the Division of Administrative Hearings for a mock trial exercise.

[Revised: 08-19-2014]