Barrasso Usdin and Allstate Insurance Host Street Law Program

April 18, 2013

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver recently partnered with Allstate Insurance Company in the Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline program benefiting students of Edna Karr High School. The Street Law program partners law firms with local high schools comprised of diverse, underprivileged students. Through attorney visits to the classroom, and student visits to law offices, students are given the opportunity to receive hands-on access to the legal field. The goal of the program is to make students feel empowered to use their knowledge of the law to become active participants in the community, and to shatter the misperception that a career in the legal field is off limits to students from a diverse background.

The program led by Barrasso Usdin and Allstate included three classroom visits and a half-day event at Barrasso Usdin’s offices. On April 2, 2013, attorneys and paralegals from Barrasso Usdin and Allstate visited Edna Karr High School to meet with students from Mr. Catolos’ tenth and eleventh grade classes. The group introduced themselves to the classroom and shared their personal stories of their background and the different circumstances that lead them to seek careers in the legal field. On April 9, Barrasso Usdin attorneys returned to Edna Karr to teach students about social host liability, its consequences, and the policy behind the law. On April 10, Allstate returned to teach the students about the legal principles surrounding distracted driving.

On April 16, thirty-two students and their teacher, Mr. Catolos, came to Barrasso Usdin’s offices for a half-day program involving interactive legal workshops and guest speakers. In conjunction with the Allstate representatives, Barrasso Usdin attorneys helped facilitate the program. During the interactive workshops, students learned to develop legal arguments based on the legal principles they had learned in the classroom. They later joined in oral arguments before a mock judge and jury. At the close of the event, Judge Tiffany Chase of Civil District Court Section “A” and Kim Boyle, Partner at Phelps Dunbar and former President of the Louisiana and New Orleans Bar Association, spoke to the students. Both encouraged the students to realize the limitless possibilities in store for their futures. The program was a huge success.

About Street Law

Street Law is a nonprofit organization that creates classroom and community programs that teach people about law, democracy, and human rights worldwide. Street Law program participants benefit from “real-life” lessons and insights, which they can use to effect positive change for the rest of their lives. Our accessible, engaging, and interactive programs empower students and communities to become active, legally-savvy contributors to society. For more information, visit http://www.streetlaw.org

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. is located in New Orleans, Louisiana and has more than 30 attorneys. The Firm has experience litigating complex civil cases throughout the country, including all types of commercial disputes, class actions, environmental cases, intellectual property cases, insurance bad faith and coverage cases, and securities arbitrations, litigation, and regulatory matters.