Empowering to lead: Student accepted to Appellate Project Mentorship Program
Duquesne University School of Law student Tiere Phillips, 2L, was recently accepted into the Appellate Project Mentorship Program, a national organization established to encourage and empower students of color to pursue appellate work. According to the organization's website, the program provides, "students with appellate-focused resources throughout the Program."
Director of Career Services Maria Comas elaborated on those opportunities. She said, "In addition to having a mentor who focuses on appellate work, Tiere will have the opportunity to attend networking and skill-building programs, among other benefits, through his participation in the mentorship program,"
Philips originally became interested in appellate work after a class with School of Law Professor Jalila Jefferson-Bullock and one with the Honorable Maureen Lally-Green. "When we are looking at case law a lot of the more important legal issues almost always are appealed and argued at the appellate level, and sometimes make it all the way to the Supreme Court....I think the opportunity to be an advocate when these important issues arise will be both rewarding and challenging, and I look forward to it," he said.
With his bigger goals in mind, Phillips is excited to be part of this program. "Being selected for this program is very monumental to me. It presents an opportunity to gain more insight into a legal arena that I am interested in. The appellate arena is sort of a mystery for most law students. Being able to work with and be learn from an experienced appellate attorney will be a great learning experience, and resource moving forward. I am very excited to meet others who share a similar passion and learn about their journey," he said.
The mission of Duquesne School of Law is one resonates with Phillips, and he looks forward to applying it in this mentorship. He said, "The law school motto is ‘The welfare of the people is the highest law'. Working in the appellate arena will give me the opportunity to be an advocate, and make sure the law is applied correctly and fairly. Ensuring that the law is being interpreted and applied in line with state and federal laws is an important function of the appellate arena. Doing this type of work presents a person with the responsibility to serve as a buffer between justice and injustice when mistakes are made."
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