The DuPont Legal function recently received the “Board of Trustees Award” from the Delaware Law Related Education Center in recognition of more than a decade of volunteer work with Delaware high school students participating in programs related to the law.
“We are honored to be recognized, though the appreciation from the students we mentor is a reward in itself,” said Tom Sager, senior vice president and general counsel. “When students tell us how we have impacted their lives by teaching respect, honor and fairness, we know our time with them has been well spent. While we hope some of these students are inspired to pursue careers in the legal profession, our goal is that all of them walk away with an understanding and appreciation for DuPont’s core values, which will serve them well in any career they choose.”
The award recognizes the Legal team’s contributions with two programs—the Delaware Mock Trial Competition and a non-profit organization called Street Law, which creates classroom and community programs that teach people worldwide about law, democracy and human rights.
For the Mock Trial Competition, DuPont Legal works with students from Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Del., and the Charter School of Wilmington to teach them basic information about the law in preparation for presenting their case at the competition.
DuPont also sponsors Howard High as part of the Street Law program, which includes a workshop that culminates in three mock criminal trials in front of actual Delaware judges. The Street Law program also includes a spring session that encourages students to go to college by providing information on topics such as financial aid and test preparation programs for the PSAT and SAT.
Vincent Catanzaro, senior counsel, global discovery, said between 20 and 30 members of the DuPont Legal team volunteer for the Street Law program.
“It’s an easy meeting to call,” Vince said. “People love to volunteer for this.”