Commitment to Community
The Curtis Firm is dedicated to serving students in our community. The Curtis Firm's mission is to ensure that underrepresented and first generation students understand the power of a legal education and continue a legacy of meaningful advocacy and positive change.
Youth who have positive interactions with the law are more likely to trust and express a desire to serve in the legal community. In contrast, youth who have negative interactions tend to develop a lingering distrust of the law. This cloud of distrust is not limited to our criminal justice system, but can extend to school, family, and other law related matters. Once distrust is created, youth are far less likely to pursue careers in law. Attaining an ideal relationship with youth is pivotal to changing attitudes towards the law and increasing the percentage of students from underrepresented communities who pursue careers as legal professionals.
To achieve our goal, The Curtis Firm created the Annise Curtis Scholarship in honor of James' grandmother and the Youth Law Institute (YLI). The Annise Curtis Scholarship is offered to students enrolled in the Tacoma Community College Paralegal Program. YLI is a outreach initiative aimed at providing youth with meaningful exposure law in order to promote greater equity and inclusion in the legal profession.