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Thursday, Jul. 29, 2010
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SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (front row, fifth from left) and Senior Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland (front row, fourth from left) join students who participated in the 2010 SJC's Judicial Youth Corps program in Boston and Worcester, to celebrate the program's 20th anniversary on July 8.

Photo courtesy of the SJC.

MBA participates in 20th anniversary of SJC's Judicial Youth Corps program

The MBA was proud to participate in the July 8 celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth Corps program. The JYC program, established by the SJC's Public Information Office and Chief Justice Paul Liacos in 1991, teaches students from Boston and Worcester about the judicial branch of government and fundamental principles of law. The four-month program consists of two educational components: a seven-week orientation to the court system and a seven-week courthouse internship session in July and August. The 2010 Boston session was funded by the Boston Private Industry Council and the City of Boston Youth Fund. The Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the MBA, funded the 2010 Worcester session.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary, SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall and Senior Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland attended a John Adams Courthouse reception and spoke about the program's importance and the impact on participating students -- many have gone into careers in the legal field and have even started mentoring other students. MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus, who also spoke at the event, outlined for program participants how the law can affect events and issues on a daily basis, giving students who pursue a legal career the opporunity to effect change.

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