Joseline Hardrick, Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. the nonprofit behind Journey to Esquire®️was selected as a Class XI, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Fellow.
Here's a description of the program-
"The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to help a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers become better leaders. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to The Florida Bar to become Academy Fellows.
During their one-year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base and experience, including attending The Florida Bar events and special educational programs. Academy Fellows are given the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Bar and their role in the legal profession, while enhancing their personal leadership skills."
The program is very selective and has produced many leaders in the Florida Bar. Launching the Academy was the brainchild of Eugene Pettis, the first African-American president of The Florida Bar (2013-2014). He started the program to increase diversity within the Florida Bar leadership.
Annual Law Day Essay Contest for Middle School Students in Hillsborough and Pinellas County, FL
Visit this link to read the contest rules and enter your submission today!
2021 Annual Report
Our 2021 Annual report is ready! We had a great year and looking forward to meting our Class of 2022. Check it out!
We're Looking for Volunteers!
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Want to mentor law students, develop your public speaking skills and share your wisdom from your years of practice, looking to give back and help others the way you were helped?
Then volunteer with Journey to Esquire®- we are looking for lawyers to acts as mentors for our scholars and interns, board members, and speakers for our training modules. The work you do with our students will leave a tremendous impact that lasts for years!
Don’ take my word for it, just listen to our students in the Class of 2021.
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We are looking for law students from Cooley Law School Tampa Bay Campus and Stetson University College of Law who want to become lawyers who lead, mentor and inspire.
Does that sound like you or someone you know?
Then put in your application today!
Deadline is July 30, 2021.
Our Contest Winners!
“In celebration of Law Day (5/1/21) we will conduct a Writing and Art Competition to
acknowledge the contributions of people of color in the law and create interest in school-aged children in pursuing careers in the law.
In 1958, the President designated May 1st as Law Day, which is meant to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law.
The theme this year was “I May Be The First, But I Won’t Be the Last.” In recent years there have been several individuals who have become the “first” in their gender, race, or ethnicity to hold a certain position, including elected positions like President, Vice-President, Presidential Nominee for a Major Political Party, Supreme Court Justice, all of whom are lawyers.
The Contest was open to all middle school students grades 6th - 8th at Franklin or Ferrell Middle Schools in Hillsborough County, Florida.
We received several submissions but the following are the winners who all submitted a Fictional Short Story. The winners will receive gift cards in the mail.
Winners- 1st place: Julian Becerril
2nd place: Angel Medina
3rd place: William Redner
Honorable Mention: Gavin King
🎉We are so excited that Judge Mary S. Scriven will deliver the keynote speech for the Journey to Esquire® Graduation Presentations on April 24 at 10 am. You will also hear from our Scholars. And a special thanks to our sponsors. Sign up here: https://calendly.com/journeytoesquirecalendar/journey-to-esquire-2021-graduation
Class of 2021 Photo Shoot!
📷 We had a great time taking photos with the board members and students in the Class of 2021 from WMU Cooley Law School and Stetson University College of Law! ⚖ Look out for profiles in the coming months.
Thanks to Ricky Roberts Photography for donating his services. 💗
Our 2020 Annual Report is Out!
We have released our 2020 Annual Report highlighting the achievements of all of our programs. Check it out!
Journey to Esquire® is dedicated to promoting diversity, creating access, and feeding the pipeline. DAP scholars and Friends of DAP post here.