“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
📷 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. 💗
We have released our 2020 Annual Report highlighting the achievements of all of our programs. Check it out!
The Board of Directors drafted a Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter and Recent Events including the death of George Floyd. Read it here.
Journey to Esquire is launching its first ever essay contest for middle school students at Ferrell and Franklin Middle Schools in Tampa, FL. See below for more details and click here for the contest rules.
Board members Joseline J. Hardrick, Esq. and Brielle F. Tucker, Esq.'s article "Mentoring Matters" published in the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Lawyer Magazine.
The St. Petersburg Bar Association's Paraclete Magazine ran an article on the Journey to Esquire: Scholarship & Leadership program featuring Tiffany Colon, Esq. and Forest Sutton.
All students who completed the pilot program and took the July 2019 Florida Bar exam passed! Congratulations to everyone who passed the July 2019 Florida Bar exam. This is one of many steps on the #journeytoesquire, next stop swearing in ceremony!
We have have a new name and logo to reflect our growing mission and impact. "Journey to Esquire: Scholarship & Leadership Program" captures the work we are doing with law students to move beyond diversity and inclusion and into training and developing diverse law students who will become lawyers who lead, mentor, and inspire. Look out for us on social media @JourneytoEsq and our new website www.journeytoesquire.com.
We're so excited to tell you all about the new class of students, and our new podcast and blog. Stay tuned!
Journey to Esquire® is dedicated to promoting diversity, creating access, and feeding the pipeline. DAP scholars and Friends of DAP post here.