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How Does Discovering Justice Reach? And Teach?

When it comes to discovering justice, where better to start than with judges and lawyers?

As mentors and coaches, they share their experience with the next generation, guiding students’ understanding of their civic responsibility and what happens in the courts.

Jon Spack, executive director of Discovering Justice, puts it this way: “When young people feel connected to our justice system in a positive manner and when they have access to adult volunteer mentors, it has a profound impact on their participation in positive activities.”

Legal community volunteers come from different career stages: judge, law firm partner, in-house or government agency lawyer, lawyer in non-traditional work, non-practicing lawyer, first-year associate, law school student. All have a role in Discovering Justice’s work to educate underserved Massachusetts students about the justice system.

Age-appropriate, interactive civic education programs connect classrooms and courtroom for kindergartners through 8th graders. They put into practice what they have learned.

Kenny Zais, president of O’Brien & Levine, talks about support for the philosophy of Discovering Justice in this video. It is rewarding to contribute to the growth it has achieved since its founding in 1998 through our sponsorship of the Annual Benefit, coming up April 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m., at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse.

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