Alycia M. Guichard of Rutgers School of Law–Newark is the recipient of the 2010 Ernest McMahon Award for her outstanding leadership in extending the educational resources of the University to the people of New Jersey through the Street Law Program. Guichard is Director and New Jersey Bar Foundation Fellow for Street Law, which places law students in urban schools and youth facilities to educate teenagers about the law and civic engagement.
The award honors 1930 Rutgers College graduate Ernest E. McMahon, who was a dean of University College, dean of the University Extension Service, and director of the Institute of Management and Labor Relations, and who demonstrated a commitment to extending the mission of Rutgers to new populations.
Since the Rutgers Street Law Program was founded, 152 law students have taught weekly classes about law, democracy and human rights to more than 1,400 young people in a dozen Newark-area schools and youth organizations. “In just three years,” said Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux, “Alycia Guichard has developed Street Law from a loosely-structured student initiative into a nationally recognized program that connects the law school to educators and youth in the urban centers of Northern New Jersey.” The community outreach effort benefits both the youth served by the program and the law student volunteers. Participation by local schools gives young people an opportunity to develop important analytical and communication skills, while participation by the law students improves their presentation and research skills and nurtures in them an appreciation for the value of pro bono services. In December 2009 the Street Law Program received a Rutgers–Newark Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award.
Through Guichard’s vision and resourcefulness, Street Law continues to evolve. This year the program will expand to include the Street Law Summer Enrichment Law Academy, an interactive educational forum developed in conjunction with the Institute for Pre-College Education and Community Outreach, which is part of the Rutgers–Newark Academic Foundations Center.
Before joining Rutgers in January 2007, Guichard was a teaching fellow and summer law faculty member with the Street Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. She received her A.A. from Westchester Community College, B.S. with honors from New York University, J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Advocacy with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. | Read Story