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2019 Youth And Law Forum To Be Held April 27

Youth and Law Forum. Photo/Chris B. Bennett

The Annual Charles V. Johnson Youth & Law Forum will be held on Sat., April 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First A.M.E. Church of Seattle, 1522 14thAve. in Seattle.

The forum, designed as a fun, interactive and free community legal education program for teens and pre-teens, parents and guardians, provides contemporary illustrations and workshops to teach basic legal rights and responsibilities, expose youth to and encourage their consideration of the breadth of justice system careers and to build and maintain bridges between community youth and community justice system participants.

The forum, which began as an outreach event of First A.M.E. Church in response to deteriorating relationships between the justice system and community youth, provides practical information with youth and their guardians about navigating the justice system. In addition to hands-on opportunities for forensics and discussions about some perils of social media, youth will learn more about their legal rights and responsibilities and about the variety of law and justice careers.

Featured speakers at this year’s event include Judge Helen Whitener of Pierce County Superior Court are Co-chair of the Minority and Justice Commission, Mario Barnes, Dean, UW School of Law, Annette Clark, Dean, SU School of Law, SPD Chief Carmen Best, and Sean Goode, Exec. Dir. Choose 180. The Forum will also welcome a host of guests from our local and federal court systems, law enforcement, the WA State Bar, the UW School of Social Work and more!

The event is Open to all youth ages 8 to 18, and their guardians. A free breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register please visit www.youthandlaw.com.

The Forum is sponsored by First AME Church and co-sponsored by The Minority and Justice Commission, the Loren Miller Bar Association the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Boule, and many other community partners.

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