Melvin R. Wright Youth Law Fair
Each year, the Melvin R. Wright 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 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.
Thank you to all our partners, volunteers, and students who attended last year's Virtual Youth Law Fair. Next year's Youth Law Fair will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022. We hope to see you again!
Any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
2021 YOUTH LAW FAIR RESOURCE PAGE
Please click HERE for the Youth Law Fair Resource Page, where you will find the 2021 recording, fact pattern, virtual courtroom tours, and volunteer opportunities. There’s also a video presentation about the different paths to become a lawyer. HERE is a Q&A about becoming a lawyer, and HERE are additional online games and resources.