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For the third consecutive year, Mayer Brown hosted a career day and mock trial for more than 30 Higher Achievement DC scholars. Higher Achievement is an after-school and summer academic program that aims to close the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities.

Thirty Mayer Brown lawyers and staff volunteered throughout the day—giving tours, sharing their experiences and coaching scholars through each stage of the mock trial. The students served as mock lawyers, witnesses and jurors.

“It was remarkable to watch these scholars become acquainted with the legal system and display great enthusiasm while learning about the various phases of a trial and law firm life,” said Evan Tager, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office who led this year’s program. “Higher Achievement is doing some great work with disadvantaged middle school students and Mayer Brown was pleased to once again contribute in a small way to the Organization’s extraordinary mission.”

According to Katherine Roboff, Executive Director of Higher Achievement DC Metro, “The time and effort that Mayer Brown dedicated to making this day a truly unique experience for Higher Achievement scholars is a testament to the firm’s commitment to community investment and high quality educational opportunities for our city’s young people.”

Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.