Attorneys Participate in Explorathon 2008, Help Metro Detroit Students Explore Career Options

Dickinson Wright Attorneys Participate in Explorathon 2008, Help Metro Detroit Students Explore Career Options

Dickinson Wright PLLC attorneys Sharon R. Newlon and Rebecca L. Takacs recently participated in Explorathon 2008, a collaborative effort of schools, community and professional organizations, and presented by the American Association of University Women - Birmingham Branch Foundation Inc., in partnership with the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Explorathon presenters help attendees discover careers in science, mathematics, health care and technology. Newlon and Takacs, both environmental attorneys, presented a program entitled "Science and Environmental Law." More than 700 young women and men, parents and teachers participated in this year's Explorathon. Newlon has participated in Explorathon for ten years and Takacs for six years. "I have a technical degree and have always wanted to support more women in technical fields, to dispel any myths that women aren't good at careers in science or engineering, or that it isn't socially acceptable for women to pursue them," Newlon said. "I also am supportive of the state's and country's initiatives to encourage more technical degrees, to support the jobs of the future." Through two role-play exercises designed by Newlon and Takacs, Explorathon participants learn what it's like to have a career in environmental law. In the first scenario, attendees participate in a mock initial client interview with a new client who has an idea for a renewable energy plant. In the second scenario, participants act as environmental defense attorneys, asking a toxic tort plaintiff questions in a mock deposition. "I continue to participate in Explorathon because I love to watch the girls react to the scenarios," Takacs said. "They come into it not understanding what we do. By the end, they open up and ask questions." "If one girl stays in school and decides not to drop out because she wants to have a "cool" job, then I have succeeded," she added. Newlon agreed, saying, "It feels really good when you get a call or an e-mail from one of the students several years later saying they are pursuing a career in environmental law based on attending your presentation." For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit
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