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Education Pipeline Inititive

Volunteer Programs

Each of the volunteer programs available through the Education Pipeline SEAL (Scholars Expanding Authentic Learning) program will help students advance the opportunities of Sacramento youth.

Guest Speaker — College/Motivational

Volunteer as a guest speaker to student groups or classes in grades 2-12 (your choice) about your road to and through college, or about the importance of gaining proficiency in math, reading and writing. Young students need a variety of role models of both genders and of all diversities. Your story could inspire them to overcome obstacles and pursue a college education. Teams of two are welcome for support and constructive feedback.

Schools Participating: Bret Harte, NP3 High, NP3 Middle School, Sac High, Stagg High

Prerequisite: None

Guest Teacher — Legal Studies

Volunteer to teach a middle or high school lesson in a specific area of law determined by you and the classroom teacher. A preliminary planning meeting with the teacher may be required prior to teaching the lesson. Teams of two are welcome for support and constructive feedback.

Schools Participating: NP3 High, NP3 Middle, Sac High, Stagg High.

Prerequisite: 2L or 3L student

International Street Law Teacher

Law students pair up to teach this course in the spring semester, which teaches a broad base of legal content with an emphasis on law that touches students' daily lives. The curriculum includes both American and international components. Attorneys and judges from the Sacramento Bar Association occasionally join the class.

Schools Participating: Sac High

Prerequisite: 2L and 3L students enrolled in the McGeorge International Street Law course [three (3) units]

Contact: Professor Fred Galves
Email | 916.739.7117

Mock Trial Assistant Coach

Work with Sacramento defense attorney Keith Staten and Associates (1992 Pacific McGeorge alumnus) to help coach the NP3 High mock trial team in the annual Sacramento County Mock Trial Competition and preliminary scrimmages.

Schools Participating: NP3 High

Prerequisite: Completion/concurrent enrollment in McGeorge Trial Advocacy course or previous mock trial experience (high school or law school)

Mock Trial Co-Coach

Teams of two to four law students will implement the first Mock Trial teams for law-themed programs at area high schools. Inter-school competition only. Students can sign up as a team or individually.

Schools Participating: Stagg High (in Stockton), Sac High, CK McClatchy or Burbank High

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in McGeorge Trial Advocacy course or previous mock trial experience (high school or law school)

Operation Protect and Defend

Operation Protect and Defend (OPD) is a group of committed attorneys and judges that meets once monthly to develop a curriculum designed to engage Sacramento County high school students with key principles of the U.S. Constitution and to demonstrate how those principles come into play in their lives. Law students may participate on the curriculum committee and/or volunteer as a classroom OPD presenter in a high school or serve as a co-presenter with a local attorney and judge. The curriculum is taught in high school classes throughout Sac County in March and features a "Story of America" essay contest and a "Master of Art" contest that represent the year's theme. The 2012 contest theme is "Immigration," and is co-sponsored by OPD and the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Schools Participating: Sacramento County high schools

Prerequisite: 2L or 3L students

Pacific McGeorge Dean's Educational Leadership Council

In 2003, Pacific McGeorge School of Law's Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker conducted the first Education Pipeline Initiative visioning session, that included alumni, members of the Sacramento legal community, faculty and staff from University of the Pacific and Pacific McGeorge, and key administrators in public secondary education to discuss current issues impacting equal access to education and improving educational opportunities for students of diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Through the Dean's Educational Leadership Council, Dean Parker continues to lead and champion Pipeline K-12 instructional programs that use law-themed curriculum and leadership activities to increase the pool of qualified, diverse applicants for college, and ultimately, law school. Selected law students will be invited to participate in quarterly seminars with Dean Parker, featuring a host of keynote speakers.

Schools Participating: n/a

Prerequisite: Scholars Expanding Authentic Learning (SEAL) program participants may apply. Note: Along with the application required for all SEAL programs, an additional application is required.

Reading Partners Tutor

Assist elementary students in grades 2-5 with reading for one hour a week. Hours are flexible, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Schools Participating: Bret Harte Elementary School at 9th and Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, CA

Prerequisite: None

Student Legal Advocacy Movement

A once-a-week, Pacific McGeorge student-initiated after school law-themed academic mentoring program for high school students, focused on improving literacy and oral advocacy skills.

Schools Participating: Sac High

Prerequisite: 2L and 3L students

Youth Court Coordinator

A team of two to four law students, using a guidebook, will coordinate and implement a youth peer court program where NP3 high school students evaluate and decide "sentencing" for NP3 middle school students who commit handbook infractions.

Schools Participating: Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3)

Prerequisite: 2L or 3L students


Contact Christine Minero, Pipeline Director
Email | 916.739.7012