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Scales of Justice Academy

The Academy was founded in 2009 by the Honorable La Tia W. Martin, New York State Supreme Court Justice, with recognition that many young women from diverse backgrounds including those from underserved schools are simply not receiving the training and support to make it through the “pipeline” to law school. Justice Martin states, “The benefit of this unique program is to introduce the participants to the legal profession, as well as to teach life skills and core values.” The Justice Academy for Young Women introduces promising students to the study of law through a pre-college preparatory program conjoining course work in law and leadership with intensive training from:

  • Judges
  • Law school professors
  • Legal practitioners


Judges, practicing lawyers, law school professors and other guest speakers will all donate their time to introducing these young women to different legal fields and professions, and to the elements of legal analysis.

Topics Covered:

  • Criminal Law
  • Civil procedure
  • Constitutional law
  • Foreclosures
  • Human trafficking
  • Matrimonial law
  • Environmental law
  • Health law
  • Domestic violence
  • Cyber bullying issues

  • American Jury System
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Role of the DA
  • The Law School Experience
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Decisions
  • The Branches of Government


The lecturers will serve as role models to support the young women as they pursue higher education and professional careers.


The Justice Academy students will visit:

*Local, State and Federal courthouses

*Local college tours

*Washington, D.C.

  • the United States Capitol,
    • the Supreme Court of the United States and
  • the White House

Justice Martin noted, “…the Justice Academy has already motivated students to go on to college. They now credit the Justice Academy with exposing them to the tremendous opportunities of a legal education and giving them the confidence and inspiration to pursue careers in law.”


Liana Billingy

As a graduate of the justice academy it is a great opportunity to enhance your perspective of the law. This opportunity showed me that there are so many fields of law and much that you can do. Taking part in this program has given me the courage to attend law school in the future. I am now enrolled in college with a major in criminal justice.

Liana Billingy
2013 Justice Academy Graduate

Kiana Bonner

As a freshman in high school I was unsure of  what I wanted to do in the future. I had been taking a general law class and the teacher recommended that I apply for the Summer Justice Academy.

The program shined light on all the opportunities that would be available to me if I pursued  a legal career. The speakers were honest and informative. As a college student working toward a pre law degree I continue to experience the positive impact that the program had on my educational career. I look forward to enrolling into law school upon graduation.

Kiana Bonner
Justice Academy Graduate

Alexias Achiah

Not only did the SJA open my eyes to the endless possibilities that come out of a legal degree, but it also taught me that there were other inner city high school students who had huge dreams like mine. The SJA was a major network toward interning for judges and lawyers and provided me with an immense amount of experience as a politics major in college. There is no other program like it!  I am currently an undergrad student enrolled in New York University.

Alexias Achiah
Justice Academy Graduate