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Lawyers, others pitch in to inspire dreams in youth
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 6/29/2010 11:59 PM

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A group of people involved in the Lake County justice system recently lent their support to a program encouraging youths to pursue justice-related careers.

North Chicago High School students enrolled in the "I Have A Dream" program visited the Lake County courthouse for presentations on how they can find a place working in advocacy and law.

Public Defender Joy Gossman, Deputy State's Attorney Jeff Pavletic, Assistant State's Attorney Christen Bishop and Waukegan attorney Michael Ori met with the students and explained how their jobs work.

The 18 students who attended the session are part of the only "I Have A Dream" chapter operating in the state.

The group is a national foundation dedicated to ensuring that all kids have the opportunity for higher education and seeks tuition support for low-income children.

In addition to the career information from the attorneys, the students also visited a working courtroom and toured the county jail and coroner's office.

Survivor makeovers:

More than a dozen survivors of sexual assault were recently treated to a day of beauty and wellness services organized by friends of the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee.

Olga Nisenboim of Olga's Day Spa in Highland Park organized the event and recruited volunteers from Salon Vole, Once Upon a Bagel, Vicciono's Pizza, Stash's, Sunset Foods and Confection Connection to donate to the effort.

"I strongly believe in the Zacharias Center's mission of supporting sexual assault survivors," Nisenboim said. "Several women said they felt empowered by their visit and are ready to take on life's challenges."

Defense class:

The Mundelein Police Department will host a free self-defense class for women 18 or older.

The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 13 to Aug. 3 at the police station at 221 N. Lake St., Mundelein.

Seventeen-year-olds may also register for the class with their parent's permission. Space is limited to 30 students.

Call (847) 968-3770 to register.