Pasco, WA- More than 200 teenagers in the Tri-Cities today went before the judge--and other professionals in the legal system.
The seventh annual Youth and Justice Forum at Columbia Basin College gives middle and high school students a chance to learn about potential careers in the legal system.
Among the games, mock trials and skits, the professionals' message is to stay in school, and keep out of trouble.
Retired Superior Court Judge Dennis Yule says he hopes students will leave this forum having made contact with someone in the justice system. "We have found that that kind of relationship that develops between a kid and a police officer or attorney or judge can really be a life changing experience for them."
Along with Yule and other judges, about 70 professionals volunteered for the forum, including attorneys, law enforcement officers, and court interpreters.