Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell greets students at Youth and Justice forum at CBC.
PASCO, WA. - This is one brush with
the law you want your kids to have.
More than 200 middle and high school
students Friday attended the Youth and Justice Forum at Columbia Basin College.
The forum shows young people how the
legal system works and encourages them to consider the potential careers within
the justice system.
Retired superior court judge Dennis
Yule started this forum eleven years ago. He says one mission of the forum is
to promote racial and ethnic diversity in the justice system workforce. Yule
says the make-up of the courts should reflect the make-up of the community.
"If people of color for example
go into a courtroom and they are the only people of color in the courtroom the
naturally may tend to feel uncomfortable and they wonder if they will be
understood," Yule says.
Benton Franklin Superior
Court Judge Cameron Mitchell greeted students as they showed up. Also attending
the forum, newly appointed superior court judge Salvador Mendoza, the first
Latino judge to sit on the bench in Franklin and Benton Counties.
Students from throughout the Mid-Columbia attended the forum, along with
volunteers: police and corrections officers, attorneys, court clerks and
reporters, interpreters, and forensic scientists.