For Immediate Release:  Aug 29, 2011
2011, 08, 29

Hofstra Law Receives $7,500 From NCBA to Support Getting Beyond the System Programming

Hofstra Law Receives $7,500 From NCBA to Support Getting Beyond the System Programming

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Hofstra Law
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
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Hofstra Law School has received a $7,500 grant from the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund to support the Getting Beyond the System® seminar at Hofstra Law School . In this program, law students assist local disadvantaged youth by imparting critical decision-making skills that will enable them to become their own best advocates and plan for future success.

Getting Beyond the System® is a program of the Youth Advocacy Center (YAC). Hofstra Law is the third law school nationally and the first on Long Island to host the seminar  in its community. YAC trains Hofstra Law students to become facilitators and to utilize the Socratic method — the same technique used in a traditional law school classroom — in their weekly sessions with local youths. The students, ages 16-21, all have had dealings with governmental systems, such as foster care or juvenile justice, and were selected by local community organizations in Nassau County.

The WE CARE Fund is the nationally-recognized charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. WE CARE funds are raised by the legal profession and the community-at-large at various fund raising activities throughout the year. Nearly 100% raised is distributed through charitable grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County. In the 20 years since its founding, Nassau County attorneys have raised more than $2 million for more than 100 local charitable causes.

About the Nassau County Bar Association

Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. The Bar demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure and senior citizen clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County.

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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