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Velez Attends Leadership Conference
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012

This summer, Coby Velez attended the LeadAmerica Law & Justice Conference at George Washington University. He completed a challenging academic curriculum, receiving two college credit hours and participated in college and career success workshops. Erna Frac-San was instrumental in helping Coby take advantage of this opportunity.

Conference highlights included the following: a law discussion panel with a variety of judicial officials from the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after attending a courthouse briefing about the judicial system; an interactive crime scene workshop at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment; formulating a Personal Vision and Mission Statement that will serve to guide Coby in the upcoming years.

Through leading practitioners and academics, students gained practical career insight and engaged in challenging issues that will assist them both now and throughout their academic and professional careers. Some of these individuals included: Ms. Pat Brown, Criminal Profiler, Dr. Marie Pierre – Louis, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, District of Columbia, Ms. Tarah Brown, M.F.S., Forensic Biologist, FBI Laboratory, Ms. Deborah Herzfeld, J.D., Patent Attorney

Central to Coby’s experience, the Law & Justice simulation exposed students to the world of law and criminal justice. Students learned how to develop a criminal profile, collect, analyze and interpret evidence, leading to the preparation of a direct and cross examination of an expert witness during a formal preliminary hearing.

One of the greatest challenges and joys of being an educator is the opportunity to inspire students to explore their ambitions. LeadAmerica Conferences are a once-in-a lifetime opportunity that can transform students’ views of themselves and the world around them. This experience can help other students achieve their aspirations today and in the future, and you can help make that happen. For more information, please visit us online at or call a LeadAmerica Counselor at 866.394.5323.

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