With several family members in the legal profession, Veronica Camenzuli ’22 always knew she had an interest in law. During the school year, one can find her participating on the Sacred Heart Mock Trial team, which placed third in the state this past spring; but during the summer, Veronica pursues other local avenues for gaining insight and practice in her field of interest.
“I really became interested in law after participating in the Justice Camp, organized by the Louisiana Bar Association as an introduction to the legal system,” said Veronica. Knowing of her interest and how she excelled in the Justice Camp as well as Mock Trial, Sacred Heart’s college counselor referred Veronica to the Suit Up for the Future program and wrote a letter of recommendation for her application. With this recommendation, her outstanding report card and an essay on the importance and role of the American Justice System, Veronica was accepted into this year’s summer internship program. During the three-week program – which is hosted through a partnership of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Law Schools and Just the Beginning – students attend an abridged law school session, take field trips to local law schools and courts and shadow local law offices and courts. Through these introductions and firsthand experiences, students come away with a more realistic glimpse into the path of a career in law, the variety of professions, and what those professions entail on a daily basis.
“A significant part of the program was writing a memorandum for a Mock Trial case and preparing an oral argument, which we presented to three judges on the last day. It was an honor to present to the Honorable Karen Wells Roby, who started the program and was one of the judges present for the oral argument,” Veronica shared. “My favorite part of the program were the two days of shadowing. I shadowed a judge the first day and multiple attorneys the second, and I was able to see what practicing law was really like.”
Reflecting upon her ASH experience and how it prepared her to take advantage of this opportunity, Veronica said, “I definitely think that Mock Trial really helped me figure out that I enjoy law and would benefit from the program. I first learned about the program from my former college counselor Mrs. Pierson, and I am extremely grateful for her letter of recommendation that was part of my application. I believe that Mr. Wilbur’s AP US History class also helped me learn about American law in a historical context, and Ms. McIntosh’s AP Language and Composition thoroughly benefitted my writing and the formation of my arguments.”
As she prepares to return to school in few weeks for her last year at ASH, Veronica shares, “I am continuing my participation in the Mock Trial team, and I am interested in helping out the future students in the program when I am in college.”