The New Rochelle Bar Association, founded in 1921, has entered into an exciting newjoint venture with the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle for an afterschool "Law Club" program for local high school students.
Volunteer attorneys meet with students twice a month to discuss legal topics chosen by the students. For those not familiar with the work of the Boys & Girls Club (“NRBGC”), it is a nationwide organization with two "clubhouses" in New Rochelle, servicing approximately 900 children, grades 1 through 12. The two clubhouse facilities, known as The Mascaro Center located on 7th Street next to Columbus Elementary School and The Remington Center located near Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, run various types of programs from 3 P.M. until 10 P.M. every day.
Lutonya Hume, the Director of the NRBGC, selected 18 "Keystone" high school students ranging in age from 13 to 17 years to participate in our initial programs. At the initial meeting held at the beginning of the school year, ten volunteer attorneys met with the students at the Remington Center Clubhouse and described their particular legal practice areas. The students then completed a survey designed to elicit information about their areas of interests. The results indicated their students desire to learn more about three particular areas of law: civil rights, criminal and immigration law.
On November 15th, New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice presented the first program, "Basics of Civil Rights in Criminal Proceedings", followed by the students breaking up into small discussion groups, each led by an attorney. Subsequent bi-monthly programs, scheduled every two weeks, have addressed topics including Employment Law, Inheritance Law and Basics of Real Estate Law.
On January 9, 2018 the New Rochelle City Court hosted the students at the New Rochelle Courthouse. The Judges of the Court, the City Prosecutor and the court officers explained the daily workings of the court and the roles that each of the officials play in the process.
The members of the New Rochelle Bar Association volunteer their time and expertise to other community projects as well. The Bar Association awards scholarships to local high school and college students each year.Their award-winning “Lawyer in the Classroom” project teaches fifth graders throughout the New Rochelle City School District about the basics of Constitutional Law. The Bar Association’s collaboration with the New Rochelle Public Library presents seminars to the public on a wide range of legal topics on a regular basis, including the upcoming "How to Navigate the City Building Department" to be held at the Library on March 12th, 2018 at 5:30 PM. The Bar Association attorneys also volunteer their time to assist as Arbitrators in the New Rochelle City Court.
The New Rochelle Bar Association welcomes membership applications from licensed attorneys throughout Westchester County and environs, as well as Associate membership applications from professionals in related fields, including but not limited to bankers, mortgage brokers, realtors and government officials.
For further information, visit their website at www.nrbar.org