In October 2006 the 21 members of Marriott Vacation Club International’s law department (MVCI), hosted 80 students from a Florida high school for a day of workshops. The event was part of a MVCI program and partnership with Street Law, Inc. and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) Corporate Legal Diversity Program which is aimed at encouraging students of diverse backgrounds to consider careers in the legal profession.
According to the MVCI release, students took part in interactive workshops on contract negotiations, torts, and deceptive sales practices. In each workshop, students could role-play attorneys, judges, or salespeople and to apply legal principles to solve disputes or analyze a situation. Earlier in the school year 12 MVCI attorneys spent five days teaching about these topics in elective legal classes at Oak Ridge High School.
A commendable community service effort, and one that many law departments could emulate (See my post of Feb. 11, 2007 on pro bono compared to community service projects.).