Warren Easton Charter High School has established a new partnership with Loyola University’s College of Law, according to school officials.
According to David Garland, president of the school’s board of directors, the two schools signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage students to pursue a degree in law.
According to Garland, the school met with Dean Maria Lopez of Loyola’s College of Law in April.
“The concept brought to us by Dean Lopez was to develop pathways for students at Warren Easton to enter into Loyola Law School for the expressed purpose of receiving a law degree,” Garland said.
Garland said that the goal is to also get more African American students interested in pursuing law.
“There seems to be, although, we all know or heard that maybe we have too many lawyers but we don’t have too many African American lawyers,” Garland said.
Garland mentioned that there was none of the recently graduated seniors of Warren Easton expressed an interest in law. He said with this new partnership, the school hopes to change that.
“So we’re going to make this part of their educational process here at Warren Easton so that we can encourage some of them to seek law degrees,” Garland said.
Garland said that the school is excited to work with Dean Lopez and Loyola University’s College of Law.
“We think it’s going to be a great partnership and excellent expansion of opportunities here for our students,” Garland said.
Regina Wilkins, head of the school’s fund development, announced that Warren Easton participated in GiveNOLA Day earlier this month. The day is an annual philanthropic fundraising effort that takes place for 24 hours involving non-profits within the city.
According to Wilkins, the school raised $3,490 and had 47 donors.
Wilkins also announced that Sandra Bullock gave the school $10,000 after an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this month. (go to 27:20 on the video to view Bullock talk about Warren Easton)
Bullock played a game called “10 for 10” and for every correct answer she was given $1,000 to go to any school of her choosing. The money was awarded through Target as a part of their “Thanks a Billion“campaign to help celebrate teachers and provide resources for students to succeed.
See below for the live coverage of the school’s board of director’s meeting for more announcements: