McCleskey attorneys help Judge Carruth launch her Court Camp
Two McCleskey Law Firm attorneys helped Justice of the Peace Ann-Marie Carruth launch her first summer Court Camp.
Michael Uryasz and Garrett Couts told young people with an interest in the law about their careers.
This was the first year for the camp, and Carruth hopes will become an annual event.
Twenty students from all over Lubbock County and one each from New Home and Lamesa attended the week-long camp.
“I talked to young and ambitious future leaders about their interest in the legal and justice system and about what I do in litigation and differences between civil and criminal systems,” said Uryasz.
“When I was a junior and senior in high school there was no Court Camp, to my knowledge. I would not have been at court camp. I had no idea what I wanted to do then,” he said, impressed by the students who are already focused on law.
“I thought Judge Carruth did a great job organizing it, and I was impressed with the kids,” Uryasz added.
Couts was equally enthusiastic.
“I had a great time speaking with campers – and future legal professionals. We have a very bright future ahead of us,” he said, adding he looks forward to helping in following years.
“I was fortunate enough to have many organizations and mentors growing up who took the time to invest in my future. Now, it’s not only my obligation, but also my pleasure, to invest in the generation to follow. This camp is a fantastic opportunity for youth to learn about the court system and also to further develop their budding interests in future legal careers and professions,” he said.
“Judge Carruth should be commended for all of her efforts in promoting the legal profession and in educating the public about the functioning of our legal system,” he said.
Carruth said she always wanted to be a lawyer – she grew up in a family of legal professionals. Her dad was a district judge and her mother a court reporter turned paralegal.
But even with that upbringing, she didn’t know everything about the legal profession.
“I meet many young people who may want a legal career but are not sure what it’s like. So I invite them to sit in on a trial,” she said, adding the camp is a further step in helping young people see the system.
“For high school students who want to grow up and be lawyers there’s nothing more exciting than meeting a real attorney … it helps the whole picture come together,” she said.
Carruth said the Lubbock Area Bar Association sponsored the camp and helped recruit attorneys.
“We had a wonderful range of attorneys the whole week,” she said.
The camp ended with a mock trial that the students worked on through the week.