El Dorado High School’s (EDHS) ED LAW Academy hosted their second Legal Thunder event of the year on Wednesday, February 12. More than 85 current and future Golden Hawks attended in order to learn from 13 legal professionals on four different panels. This included one criminal law panel comprised of DAs and public defenders, one civil law panel of attorneys working in employment/labor law, one judicial panel comprised of three superior court judges, one federal magistrate judge, and one “A Little Bit of All of It” panel comprised of a county counsel/law professor, a PI, and a DHS special agent.
All four of the participating judges are EDHS alums and attended within five years of each other — Nhan Vu ’89, Karen (Walter) Scott ’89, Jeremy Dolnick ’90, Jennifer (Selzer) Gerard ’93. The remaining panels included three other Hawk alums — Mark Zubiate ’95, Erin Kelly ’06, and Gerad Gully ’11 –and another PYLUSD alum, James Harman. He attended Brookhaven and Tuffree. Seven of the panelists were also current PYLUSD parents.
ED LAW student leaders served as the panel moderators, leading the discussion, and all of the student attendees had the opportunity to ask the legal professionals questions about their work, their educational/career journeys, and more.
Program Coordinator, Sunshine Cavalluzzi, mentioned that two of her favorite questions asked by students were, “When you driving to work, what do you usually most look forward to?” and “What advice do you wish you had been given when you were our age, or would you give to us?”
“We are so thankful for the support of our local legal community in making this opportunity possible for our students. It is so valuable, enjoyable, inspiring, and empowering for our students to be able to practice their soft skills, gain insights into a wide variety of educational and career paths within the legal field, and see mentors in their community giving back to them. Especially knowing that many of these highly accomplished professionals once sat in their same seats here at EDHS!” Cavalluzzi noted.