Burnett and Williams’ hosted eight bright students in our Leesburg office yesterday from five different Loudoun County High Schools, giving them a chance to “shadow” attorneys and legal assistants, and get a glimpse into the inner workings of the legal profession. The “Job for a Day” program is part of the Loudoun County School-Business Partnership and it is designed to foster career awareness and motivation among students as they explore career paths.
Burnett & Williams’ has participated in the program for years and typically we host just one or two students. But this year, we were assigned students from Briar Woods, Rock Ridge, Heritage, Woodgrove, Loudoun Valley, and Stone Bridge High Schools, so we decided to go all out to make it an exciting day for them. We gave them presentations on insurance coverage, case management , paralegal duties, and preparing for trial.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was a luncheon at Tuskies with retired judge Thomas D. Horne, a man who served as the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Loudoun County before becoming one of the longest-sitting judges in Virginia’s history. Judge Horne shared insights into the workings of our legal system, and told the students about the Law Camp summer program that is sponsored by the Loudoun County Bar Association and the Fauquier County Bar Association. Students finished the day with a tour of the Loudoun County courthouse complex.
For the students, we hope it was a day that will both inform and inspire them as they build their career opportunities. For our staff that serves the Leesburg, Reston, and Winchester offices, it was an honor to spend time with such a fine group of local students. We hope that they’ll check in with us with any questions they might have as they shape their futures.