A group of minority college students visited Ballard Spahr's Baltimore office on June 15 as part of a program designed to educate them about careers in the legal profession. The students are members of the inaugural class of the University of Baltimore School of Law's Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars program.

During their day-long visit at Ballard Spahr, the 17 students met with attorneys for small-group discussions about the firm's work and the attorneys' practices. At a luncheon, Baltimore office Managing Partner Raymond Truitt and Director of Diversity Virginia Essandoh offered guidance on achieving academic success in preparation for law school and careers in the legal profession.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars Program at the University of Baltimore is a six-week program designed to encourage minority students to consider a career in law. The students watched trials, met with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, judges, and other legal professionals, and visited the Washington office of CNN.

Norman Parker, of counsel in the Baltimore office, coordinated the day-long experience at Ballard Spahr with Scholars Program coordinator and former Dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law Gilbert Holmes.