Minority Mentoring Picnic Pairs Law Students with Judges and Lawyers

Published: October 9th, 2006

Category: Events, Jobs and Opportunities, Students


Minority students from all Florida law schools will be gathering for the Third Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. To promote diversity in the legal profession, the law firm of Ruden McClosky has announced that it will sponsor a 55-passenger bus to transport UF Law students to the event. The picnic will feature Caribbean music, a rich selection of food, football, volleyball, and a number of lawyers and judges willing to serve as mentors. Many federal and state judges, including Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, have already committed to attend this year’s picnic. All lawyers, judges, faculty, and minority law students are encouraged to attend. The picnic is an opportunity for minority law students to be paired with at least one judge or lawyer as a mentor.

“Lawyering, in many significant regards, is based upon relationships,” John Kozyak, the organizer of the event and partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami, told The Florida Bar News. “This picnic is about promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal marketplace, by making sure minority students are supported early on and given opportunities to create these relationships.”

If you are interested in attending or you have questions, email UF Law School Representative Jessie Howell Wallace at howellje@law.ufl.edu.