Saper Law 2021 Immersion Program Recap

Congrats to the 2021 Session of the Saper Law Immersion Program!

This year’s Saper Immersion Program brought together high school and college students from different backgrounds to learn about the practice of law from a variety of prominent attorneys. Highlights included State and Federal Court observations, a virtual field trip to DePaul Law School, and a lecture from an attorney turned chocolate entrepreneur. 

Scroll down to see the daily itinerary for this year’s Saper Law Summer Immersion Program.

Click here to read feedback about the program from the participants.

Day 1

Day 1 began with attendees introducing themselves and their interests. Then, attendees observed a livestream of state court criminal proceedings. Criminal Defense Attorney Dena Singer followed, explaining the criminal justice system. After lunch, Regulatory Attorney Anuj Vohra spoke to the attendees about the differences between criminal and civil litigation. The last speaker of the day, Employment Attorney Emily Farr, lectured about legal issues facing employers and employees.

Day 2

Starting off day 2, Executive director at Lawyers for the Creative Arts Jan Feldman discussed the non-profit’s mission to help artists obtain affordable or pro-bono counsel. Afterwards, attendees virtually attended a federal court proceeding where Saper Law attorneys argued issues in a trademark and copyright case. In the afternoon, attendees heard from White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Jay Schleppenback about his role as a lawyer and also his participation in the Chicago Bar Association’s annual musical comedy revue. Estate Planning Attorneys Jennifer Guimond-Quigley and Lindsey Paige Markus described the ins and outs of trusts, wills, and avoiding probate. Wrapping up the day, Attorney Daliah Saper provided an overview of Social Media, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property Law.

Day 3

Attendees began day 3 by listening to Daliah Saper’s state court Zoom hearing in a breach of contract case. After the call, Senior Attorney at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Anastasios Foukas, spoke to attendees about Appellate Law. Later in the day, First Amendment Attorney Marc Randazza lectured about the implications of the First Amendment in day to day life. Attendees then jumped on Zoom court again to talk with Judge Debra Walker about her career as a Family Law judge. In the last session of the day, attendees engaged in a negotiation exercise with their fellow attendees. 

Day 4

Day 4 of the Saper Law Immersion Program began with attendees observing a Federal Court hearing before Judge Feinerman. Following the hearing, Attorney Andrew Stroth of Action Injury Law Group spoke to attendees about Civil Rights Law and his firm’s handling of police brutality cases. After lunch, Immigration Attorney Christina Coleman provided an overview of current U.S. immigration laws. Afterwards, attendees virtually visited DePaul Law School and learned more about the law school admission process.

Day 5

On the fifth, and final, day of the Saper Law Immersion Program, attendees practiced answering sample LSAT questions before hearing from Valerie Beck about her career path from lawyer to chocolate entrepreneur. In the afternoon, students reflected on the week and their potential futures as attorneys by crafting a personal statement. The students shared their personal statements and revised them based on attendees’ feedback. 

We will be announcing 2022 Saper Immersion Program dates next February!