Ruth Chance Lecture Series at Boalt Hall.
The time for creating viable paths out of the criminal justice system and into gainful employment for low-income youth is now! Too few youth of color are obtaining higher education, and Black men are being incarcerated at a terrifyingly high rate of 1 in 3. To reduce recidivism, mass incarceration, and empower low-income communities,justice system involved youth need clear, accessible paths to meaningful skills, training, and careers; paths that are flexible, culturally relevant, and do not create insurmountable debt. By formalizing California’s legal apprenticeship program, Esq. Apprentice seeks to empower historically marginalized students to be change leaders in their communities, learn the language of the law, and gain the skills necessary to participate in remaking the legal system.