"Every year Street Law recognizes a law department that has distinguished itself by implementing the Street Law/Association of Corporate Counsel Diversity Pipeline Program," says Lee Arbetman, executive director of Street Law, Inc. "Michele C. Mayes, senior vice president and general counsel of Allstate, accepted the 2011 award on behalf of the Allstate Department of Law and Regulation. The Department has implemented Street Law with its lawyers, staff counsel, and premier law firms at 12 sites from coast to coast. The program involves more than a hundred volunteer lawyers and serves more than 500 high school students each year. Allstate's remarkable effort helps Street Law achieve its mission of educating the public about law, democracy and human rights."
Allstate's law department participates in the Street Law / ACC Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, where they work to encourage young people of color to pursue legal careers by providing them with role models, career education, and hands-on experiences in the legal field. Dozens of Allstate lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals volunteer in local high schools, where they teach students civil law lessons. Participating students attend a field trip to Allstate or a partner law firm, where the volunteers engage students in interactive workshops and legal simulations.
Allstate began participating in the Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline program during the 2005-06 school year in Chicago, IL. Since then the department has added ten more sites across the country, reaching over 500 students each school year. Allstate has more pipeline sites, more law department volunteers, and reaches more students than any other participating corporation.
In addition to visiting high school classrooms to teach about various aspects of the law-from insurance and driving to employment, immigration, and the First Amendment-a grant to Street Law from the Allstate Foundation has supported the development of new lesson plans and teaching materials for these sites. These relevant legal topics include distracted driving and domestic violence.