Legal Diversity Pipeline Project Field Trip draws media attention

by Mandy Hicks

ELPO team members pause for a photo at the start of the Legal Diversity Pipeline Project.
ELPO team members pause for a photo at the start of the Legal Diversity Pipeline Project.

Team members from ELPO organized a field trip for students from Bowling Green High School and Warren Central High School to introduce them to the fields of law and law enforcement.

The field trip was part of the Legal Diversity Pipeline project, which aims to encourage a wider diversity of high school students to consider law and law enforcement as a career field. About 60 students went on the field trip on Friday, March 23. The trip was largely organized by attorney Rebecca Simpson, with assistance from ELPO’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

At the start of the day, the students gathered in a courtroom to hear from local attorneys, judges, public defenders and others employed in the court system, including Vanessa Arguello, who works as an interpreter in the court system. She emphasized with the students that knowing two languages increases their job prospects in every field, but especially in law and law enforcement. Kentucky State Police Capt. John Clark and Bowling Green Police Deputy Chief Kevin Wiles also talked to the group.

The students toured the jail and the Bowling Green Police Department with Wiles taking the students on tours of the dispatch center, interview rooms and evidence collection. Both Wiles and Clark have been extensively involved in the project from the beginning. Students also heard from team members from ELPO, including Cheryl Snydor, receptionist at the firm. She told the students that she considers her job to be key in creating a positive impression of the firm for guests and clients.

Four media outlets in Bowling Green produced stories about the field trip. You can read the stories in the links below.