Venice High School student and Marina del Rey resident Noah Klein has been selected to participate in the Legal Heritage Institute, sponsored by the Foundation of the State Bar of California.
The institute is a one-week, all-expenses paid legal literacy summer program for high school seniors.
Along with 30 other students from throughout California, Klein will spend the week of Sunday, August 6th, through Saturday, August 12th, visiting courthouses and law firms to learn about the legal system and the judiciary.
Upon successful completion of the program and enrollment in a college or university, the students will be eligible for a college scholarship worth up to $1,500.
“The Legal Heritage Institute offers students a firsthand view of the courts and government in action, allowing them to interact with some of the top jurists, lawyers, legislative staffers, and civic leaders in California,” said Leslie Hatamiya, executive director of the foundation, which is in its sixth year of running the program.
“The students are challenged to think critically about our justice system and the importance of the rule of law and an independent judiciary in a democratic society.”
The foundation selected Klein and the other participating students on the basis of a statewide essay competition on “Rights and Responsibilities Under the Law.”
Klein, who was nominated for the competition by Venice High School, wrote his essay on the topic of “The Right to a Fair Trial.”
The foundation covers the entire cost of the trip, including transportation costs to and from the program site, room and board, and all activities as well as the college scholarships.