Athens Peer Court is a diversionary program that offers arrested youth a chance to have their disposition decided by trained teenagers who serve as lawyers, judges, jurors and bailiff. Faculty at the Fanning Institute created Athens Peer Court to offer such training and to continue to fulfill its goal of helping students become leaders in their communities.
Local high school students learn and have an opportunity to practice how to interview a client, how to give an opening statement, and how to serve on a jury to determine a fair and appropriate disposition. Law students assist these volunteers in developing their leadership skills, writing, and public speaking skills. Law students also engage in youth mentoring and college preparedness events.
Law student volunteers in Peer Court focus on educating minority and low income youth and inspiring youth from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the legal profession.
Learn more by visiting: https://www.fanning.uga.edu/athenspeercourt/
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