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ECC’s Advanced Studies, Paralegal programs host “Law Day” for area high school students

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—On Wednesday, April 26, SUNY Erie Community College's Advanced Studies and Paralegal programs hosted their first "Law Day" for 35 area high school students within Erie County Hall's Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom in downtown Buffalo. 

The day gave students from Depew and Eden High School—all currently involved with ECC's Advanced Studies Program—the chance to learn more about the college's Paralegal Program and connect with field professionals in a pristine courtroom setting. The day also included a variety of guest speakers, including Lenora Foote, executive assistant to the Honorable Gerald J. Whalen; and Margaret Lamonds-Moss, paralegal with Barclay Damon. Both are graduates of ECC’s Paralegal Program.

“It was an exciting opportunity for students from Depew and Eden high schools to hear from prominent leaders in the law community and see firsthand the ceremonial court room where trails have been held for over 140 years,” said Deborah Schmitt, coordinator of Advanced Studies and Four-Year Articulations at ECC.

ECC’s Advanced Studies Program is open to all high school juniors or seniors of average or better academic ability interested in beginning their college studies while still in high school. The college’s two-year Paralegal Program trains students to assume responsible positions in law firms and in other institutions where knowledge of the law is essential. Armed with a broad knowledge of the law and business structures, graduates will be able to work effectively as paralegals under the supervision of an attorney. The program prepares graduates for positions in several areas—including legal offices, real estate management and healthcare administration—or to continue on to a four-year degree and, eventually, law school.

Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit or call (716) 851-1ECC.