ABL Attorney Rickard Speaks to AVID Students
By Chelsea Rikard, Esq.
I recently had the opportunity to speak to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Rainbow Lake Middle School who are enrolled in the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. I learned that AVID helps teachers prepare all students for college, careers, and life by meeting for one period a day in which students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. I came to Rainbow Lake to speak to the students about a career in the legal field. Though I am an attorney, I am always willing to speak to students about the myriad of careers that are available in this industry. I particularly spoke to the middle school students about how they will apply the critical thinking, organization, and active listening skills that they are learning now into a profession in the law. I always enjoy speaking to students about a potential future in the law and I was thoroughly impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and pointed questions.
I, of course, am of the opinion that this profession is incredibly rewarding; thus, I am always open to helping cultivate a young person’s interest in this profession. AVID is a great program that benefits the students at Rainbow Lake Middle and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to engage with them.