Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo Holds Student Enrichment Day for High School Students


On December 6th, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) held its fifth Student Enrichment Day at its Cerritos office, hosting 41 high school students from Jordan High School in Long Beach and Compton High School in Compton.

AALRR partner Marlon Wadlington headed the program. He spoke about the importance of education and encouraged the students to contact him or anyone else at AALRR for advice or help. AALRR partner Tony De Marco talked about his decision to pursue higher education instead of becoming a shoe cobbler like his father and grandfather. Attorney Brooke Jimenez, who was the first in her family to go to college, advised the students to reach out for help from adults in their communities. Attorney Carlos Gonzalez, who emigrated from Tijuana when he was six, told the students to take advantage of every opportunity. West Covina Board of Education member Michael Flowers emphasized learning from one’s mistakes and performing acts of service.

After listening to these speakers and others, the students toured AALRR’s Cerritos office and spoke to its staff, learning about careers in marketing, human resources, finance, information technology, and other areas. The students ate a catered lunch, participated in a mock legal case, and asked questions.

“We hosted a terrific group of students,” Marlon Wadlington said. “We tried to show them the value of education, hard work, and reaching out to others. I hope they enjoyed their day with us and came away at least a little inspired.”

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