Annual Youth & Justice Forum

8th-12th Grade Students Invited to Attend Youth & Justice Forum
Posted on 10/02/2018
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The deadline for applications to attend the 15th annual Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum is just two weeks away.  Schools serving students in grades 8-12 across Southeast Washington are invited to sign up by October 15 to attend the forum, which takes place on November 2 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The full-day Youth & Justice Forum teaches middle and high school students about the many professions and resources that make up our justice system.  One of the principal goals is to create opportunities for racial and ethnic diversity in the justice system to match the people it serves.  This year’s forum theme is “Using Your Voice for Change.” Students will learn about the justice system and career opportunities within it, as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens. They will also have the chance to debate fictitious cases with attorneys, judges and other justice system professionals.

Retired Superior Court Judge, Dennis Yule, has been instrumental in partnering with ESD 123’s Student Support Department to bring this valuable opportunity to connect youth with the justice system.

"The forum allows students to gain a deeper understanding of our justice system in such a unique way,” states Yule.  “It's a great opportunity to bring together numerous justice system professionals and southeast Washington students to both educate and inspire the students, and to inform and invigorate the professionals.”

Applications to attend the Youth & Justice Forum may be obtained by contacting Kelsey LaPierre in the ESD 123 Student Support Department at 509.544.5766 or The forum is sponsored by the Washington State Minority & Justice Commission, Educational Service District 123, Columbia Basin Community College, Office of Diversity, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), Seattle University School of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, and University of Washington School of Law. It is free for all 8th-12th grade students. 

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