14th Annual Youth Law Fair: "Bully Proof"
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On Saturday, March 9th, the DC Courts and DC Bar co-hosted the 14th annual Youth Law Fair for DC area youth. Over 200 DC area high school students, along with the local Girl Scouts chapter, flocked to Moultrie courthouse to participate. This year’s theme was "Bully-Proof."
Curtis Etherly, of Coca-Cola Public Affairs and Enterprises facilitated a speakout for students to discuss their experiences with bullying. Students were taught proper ways to respond to bullying with fun lectures, games, and prizes. Mr. Etherly stressed that the most important thing to do is to tell someone who can help.
Students were then given an introduction to the court system by acting as judges, witnesses, attorneys, and jurors in mock trials concerning a bullying incident. Nine DC Court judges and dozens of attorneys from the DC Bar volunteered their time to meet with and coach the students through their trials. Students were encouraged to act out their parts, and those assigned to the role of jury member gave and explained their verdicts.
A few local organizations, including the Metropolitan Police Department, Safe in the Streetz, and CLEO, set up informational booths, which students browsed as they had lunch, filled out surveys, and discussed their day at the DC Courts.