For the fourth consecutive year, Mayer Brown hosted a career day and mock trial for more than 50 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.

“It has been truly rewarding to witness the students’ eagerness to learn about and become connected to the law year after year,” said Dan Masur, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. “Supporting children and their families in the community through various programs and pro bono efforts remains a top priority for our DC office and we look forward to collaborating with Higher Achievement on future events.”

This year, more than 30 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 participated in two separate trials, serving as lawyers, witnesses, jurors, bailiffs and clerks.

And this year Higher Achievement welcomed the participation of DC Superior Court judges Judith Bartnoff and Neal Kravitz, who presided over the two mock trials.

According to Judge Bartnoff and Judge Kravitz, “The students did an absolutely fantastic job. Without exception, they were well-prepared and poised, engaged, and analytically astute. It was quite impressive for kids that age.”

“Mayer Brown’s lawyers and staff continually show commitment to Higher Achievement scholars—they take the time to interact with and engage our scholars—offering them support and motivation to help improve their skills and open their eyes to an entirely new profession,” said Katherine Roboff, Executive Director of Higher Achievement DC Metro. “The firm’s passion to inspire and educate our city’s young people through quality educational opportunities is extremely impressive.”

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.