I’ve mentioned before that I work with a program that goes into public high school classrooms and teaches kids about law. It’s a fun gig- high school kids are goofy and interesting and take no shit- a nice departure from the typical law school crowd.
Recently I was sitting at a table collecting names and emails from people who might be interested in joining this high school law teaching extravaganza. A newly-minted 1L – high on his first week of classes and his recent discovery that after 25 years of being the dorkiest guy in the room, at law school he is kind of cool – comes over to my table. He looks at the sign, then announces loudly to his new buddies:
“I’m DEFINITELY not signing up for that. They go into the crappy public schools around here and teach those kids about their rights. I don’t think that’s something we should be doing, because I’m very pro law-enforcement.”
And then my head exploded.