Widener Law Community Shows Support for Youth Court Programs
Web Editor - Published: April 24, 2014

Widener Law students put on a mock trial for students from the Chester High School Youth Court program in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.

Members of the Widener Law Community recently showed their strong support for Youth Court programs at a pair of local schools. On Wednesday, April 9th, students from the Chester High School Youth Court program visited Widener Law’s Delaware campus, and on Monday, April 14th, the campus hosted students from the Youth Court program at Bayard Middle School in Wilmington.

The goal of Youth Court is to train middle school or high school students to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses to pay back the community. Students are trained to act as attorneys, judges, and jurors for their peers with the goal of helping students who have committed minor offenses avoid further disciplinary problems.

Both the Chester High and Bayard students to put on a mock Youth Court trial for members of the law school community. The Bayard students also visited a law school class, while the Chester High students witnessed a mock trial put on by a group of law students. Both days also featured a lunch that afforded the Youth Court students a chance to interact with law students, faculty, and staff.

Widener Law faculty and students have supported Youth Court programs in both Chester and Wilmington, lending their time and energy to teach the young students. Professors Jim May, Fran Catania, Sydney Howe-Barksdale, and Kathleen Turezyn have actively supported the programs.

Efforts are underway to make the Youth Court program an official Student Bar Association organization, and an executive board for the 2014-15 year has been elected. Students interested in participating are encouraged to contact the board:

President:
Jenna Messa
jlmessa@mail.widener.edu

Vice President:
Kendrick McLeod
kkmcleod@mail.widener.edu

Secretary/Treasurer:
Melanie Reynolds
mareynolds@mail.widener.edu