Melvin R. Wright Youth Law Fair

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Important Notice: 2020 Youth Law Fair is Going Virtual

In an effort to continue to engage with the community in light of having to cancel this year’s in person Youth Law Fair due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the D.C. Bar Communities office is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a virtual Youth Law Fair on Tuesday, March 31st from 11 am – 12 pm EST.  

The virtual Youth Law Fair will consist of multiple sessions, hosted by volunteer attorneys, on different topics within the legal system. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with these attorneys through Q&A sessions and polls. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event!  

We hope that you can join us as we go virtual! If you plan to attend, please register HERE.

Each year, the Melvin R. Wright Youth Law Fair ("Youth Law Fair") offers a free daylong educational event that tackles the most current legal issues facing local students. Past topics include social media use, bullying, and racial profiling. The high school students are introduced to a hands-on experience within various aspects of the law through a mock trial and exhibition hall. During the mock trial, students led by licensed attorneys will present a fictionalized case, acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, jurors, judges, or witnesses.

Established in 2000, the Youth Law Fair provides an opportunity for the local students to have a positive experience with the legal community. In partnership with local community organizations, educators, and like-minded students, the day encourages an expanded view of the judicial system, introduction to community resources, and pursuit of higher education.

The day will include activities such as courthouse tours led by D.C. Superior Court judges, a mock trial in the courtroom led by attorneys, showcase of local organizations, catered lunch and raffle prizes! Click HERE to see a list of previous Youth Law Fair themes.

We hope to see you at next year’s fair, set for March 20, 2021.

Any questions, please contact us at [email protected].