New lawyer says Flint judge’s Student of the Month program was her inspiration

New lawyer says Flint judge’s Student of the Month program was her inspiration

A connection to her past is paying dividends toward a new lawyer’s future.

A decade ago Judge Herman Marable Jr. recruited Flint native Charis Lee into his long-running Student of the Month program, which helps inspire Genesee County high school students to strive for academic excellence and career achievement. That training made all the difference for Lee.

Charis Lee credits Student of the Month opportunities and exposure with influencing her success.
Photo Linette Rodgers

Marable recently swore in Lee as a new attorney at 67th District Court in downtown Flint.

Marable established Student of the Month in 2004 with the Citizens Advisory Committee. Each month during the school year a 10th grader is recognized through the program and a “Judge Marable Student of the Year” receives a $500 reward.

Lee, 28, was a Student of the Month in 2005 and once job-shadowed Marable at the courthouse.

Judge Herman Marable Jr. recently swore in Lee as a new attorney.

“The swearing-in of Charis Lee as an attorney to me represents the completion of a circle,” Marable says.

A 2007 graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School, she went on to earn a bachelors degree in international relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University. Lee is a 2017 cum laude graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

A senior labor relations representative at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., she served in the National Guard and volunteered with the Girl Scouts.

Lee has credited Student of the Month opportunities and exposure with influencing her success.

“I am very excited and proud to help her begin her career as a lawyer in the very spot where it all began for her,” Marable says.

For more information about the Judge Marable Student of the Month program visit www.judgemarable.net.

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