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Volunteers Needed for the 20th Annual Youth Law Fair

January 29, 2019

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We are proud to announce the 20th Annual Youth Law Fair, sponsored by the D.C. Superior Court and the Communities Office of the D.C. Bar. This year, the fair will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 between 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001.

Attorney volunteers are needed in the courtrooms during the mock trial exercises to assist students as defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, jurors and witnesses. Non-attorney volunteers are needed to help with other event related tasks such as crowd direction/control, monitoring of students and serving lunch. Beyond their assigned tasks, all Youth Law Fair volunteers serve as role models to our students, making them feel welcome and comfortable while encouraging them to think about the law and the legal system in a dynamic and positive way. Attorney volunteers will be asked to attend a one-hour preparation meeting at the courthouse on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

The Youth Law Fair was established in 2000 to provide an opportunity for youth in the District of Columbia to have a positive "hands on" experience with the law while encouraging a greater appreciation for the judicial system, local community resources and the pursuit of higher education. The number of students, parents, judges, lawyers and community representatives participating over the years has consistently grown. We have had more than 200 students in attendance in previous years. The event includes mock trials; speak out sessions; tours of courtrooms, judge's chambers and holding cells led by superior court judges and/or attorneys; exhibits; catered lunch; and door prizes.

This year will focus on conspiracy and robbery issues in juvenile court, with a discussion about decriminalization of fare evasion.

To register as a volunteer, visit the Volunteer Registration page For more information, please visit the D.C. Bar website

Deadline for registration is COB Friday, March 8, 2019.

If you need additional information, please feel free to contact the Communities Office of the D.C. Bar at [email protected].