Dana Hawes (left) with Michael Herring
Michael Herring, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond, spoke with students at the Dooley Center for Alternative Education on October 25, 2011. Mr. Herring’s discussion was the first of the new “Pathways to Prosperity” series at the school.
During the discussion, Mr. Herring recalled his upbringing in Richmond and his college and law school days at the University of Virginia. He stressed the importance of hard work in helping him achieve his goal of joining a top-tier law firm following graduation.
Perhaps the most lively part of Mr. Herring’s visit was a discussion of an alternative process for handling crime by minors. Mr. Herring assigned various roles (prosecutor, defendant, judge, jury) to DCAE students and then had them imagine how they might resolve a dispute. Several students were quite engaged with the opportunity to look at a problem from a variety of perspectives.
The school has invited other speakers to appear as part of the series in the coming months.