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University of La Verne College of Law Starts Project Access, A Multi-Level, Minority-Focused Mentorship Program.

ONTARIO, Calif. -- The University of La Verne La Verne (lə vûrn), city (1990 pop. 30,897), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1906. La Verne, which began as a citrus-processing center, now has varied manufacturing, including electronic components, apparel, hand  College of Law has inaugurated a multi-level mentorship program, entitled "Project Access." The program provides minority high school students, undergraduates, law students, novice attorneys and seasoned lawyers with a mentoring forum dedicated to mutual support, professional development and guidance.

"We are fortunate to participate in this unique program that brings together people at every key stage in the pipeline leading towards a career in law," said Dean Allen K. Easley. "This mentorship program is designed to encourage members of groups underrepresented in the legal profession to dream big dreams about their future by working side-by-side with others who have fulfilled their dreams, or who are on their way to fulfilling their dreams. This collaborative project is a landmark development for La Verne Law."

Project Access started the 2009-2010 academic year with a kickoff welcoming and orientation event on October 17, 2009. The program will host three other events in upcoming months, including:

* Financial Aid/Academic & Job Applications Workshop, November 14, 2009

* Clerkship/Internship Day, January 2010

* Mock Trial A simulated trial-level proceeding conducted by students to understand trial rules and processes. Usually tried before a mock jury, these proceedings are different from Moot Court proceedings, which simulate appellate arguments. , April 2010

"Project Access is designed to increase opportunities for members of underrepresented groups to become leaders and collaborate on various issues impacting their respective fields," said Associate Professor of Law, Director of Academic Support, and project facilitator, Kathy Luttrell Garcia. "We are very much looking forward to the synergy and lifelong relationships this program will develop at La Verne Law."

La Verne Law was competitively selected to partner in Project Access with the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. The project is co-sponsored by La Verne Law, the Law School Admissions Council, the University of La Verne-George Lopez Student Chapter of the Hispanic National Bar Association The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a non-profit, nation-wide association representing Hispanic persons in the legal profession — attorneys, judges, law educators and law students — in the United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, District of Columbia,  and the Hispanic National Bar Foundation.

About the University of La Verne College of Law

Located in Ontario, Calif., the University of La Verne College of Law serves over 4 million people as the only ABA-approved law school in Inland Southern California and an additional 2.2 million people in San Gabriel Valley The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern California. It lies to the east of the city of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and to the west of the Inland Empire.  and Eastern Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County. For more information about the College of Law, please call (909) 460-2001 or visit the Web at http://law.ulv.edu.

The University of La Verne College of Law has been provisionally approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association since 2006. The Section of Legal Education may be contacted at 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 or by phone at (312) 988-6738.
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