RALEIGH, N.C. — Eric Snider, an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Raleigh office, will visit Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, N.C., on March 6, as part of the Students@Work initiative and discuss with middle school students how their education will influence their future careers.
The Students@Work initiative offers middle school students the chance to take part in job shadowing or job mentoring programs, focused on connecting what students learn in the classroom with true work experience. The initiative also gives students a chance to learn more about careers that interest them and motivate them to make long-term goals. In the wake of global recession and greater global competition, students and parents are increasingly concerned with determining which educational paths will result in a future career. The official Students@Work Week runs Feb. 25 to March 1, though many participating schools are welcoming professionals to speak at career fairs in the following weeks.
Snider will speak to three groups of approximately 25 seventh-graders about how he became interested in the legal field, what kind of work he does each day, and how a career in law relates to subjects the students are currently studying. The goal of his presentation is to help students understand what they learn in the classroom now is important for pursuing a legal career and to challenge students to value their education. Professionals who participate in the Students@Work initiative believe that allowing students to see a true connection between their current studies and careers they want to pursue can have a positive impact on helping students not only stay in school, but graduate high school and even attend college.
"As a former teacher, I recognize the value of educational investment in the community, and am grateful that Smith Moore Leatherwood encourages us to invest in our local communities and schools," said Snider. "I am excited to have the opportunity to speak to young minds about working in law, and to help them understand that what they learn today translates into real life application in their future."
Snider, a litigation attorney, focuses his practice on general and business litigation as well as commercial land and tenant litigation. He has experience in all phases of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal. He has also represented regional, national and international clients in significant personal injury, property damages and commercial loss cases. Prior to his career in law, Snider taught high school for two years in Franklin County, N.C., through Teach for America.
Students@Work is a joint initiative between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE). This year's program spans all 100 North Carolina counties, includes more than 160 companies and will affect more than 22,000 students.