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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Welcomes High School Students for Department of Justice's Inaugural Career Program

 

“When young people are exposed to such opportunities, it helps them realize what they're capable of doing with hard work and study, and that's why we've started this new program,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to welcome high school students for the Department of Justice's (DOJ) inaugural career program, a week long look at the operations and opportunities at the agency. From June 14 through June 20, the group of students from Madison will interact with employees from the Attorney General's office and each of the DOJ divisions – the Division of Criminal Investigation, Division of Law Enforcement Services, Division of Legal Services, Division of Management Services and the Office of Crime Victim Services.

 

“I've always considered public safety to be the top priority of government. The many dedicated staff members from every corner of the Department of Justice serve the public in many ways, and it's of tremendous benefit to share their talents and expertise with these young minds,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “When young people are exposed to such opportunities, it helps them realize what they're capable of doing with hard work and study, and that's why we've started this new program.”

 

The students' agenda began with a welcome from Attorney General Van Hollen and a case study, which they'll examine and use for discussion throughout the week. Other highlights include a tour of the State Capitol building and the State Crime Lab in Madison, an address by John Vaudreuil, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, a meeting with Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and a trip to the Dane County Courthouse, where the students will observe actual proceedings and hear from the Honorable Frank Remington, a former Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ. The week will conclude with a reception featuring refreshments, certificates and photos, and a final discussion of the hypothetical case, which the students have “investigated” and “prosecuted.” The DOJ's Diversity Action Council developed this week's program for the students. Click here for a photo of the group with Attorney General Van Hollen today -- Photo