WFU Law School hosts inaugural Teen Court Academy for area high school students on Saturday, Sept. 6

The Teen Court Academy will hold a training session for interested law and high school students at the Wake Forest School of Law on Saturday, Sept. 6. The four-hour event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. in Room 1309 in the Worrell Professional Center.

Teen Court, which provides teens ages 16 and younger a way to answer for first-time offenses while still keeping their record clean, trains law and high school students to act as attorneys in these cases.

The inaugural Teen Court Academy is sponsored in part by the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Forsyth County Bar Association.

By providing this training session for the first time, the Teen Court Academy aims to prepare students to be effective representatives in real court situations. Students who attend the session will receive instruction from Forsyth County Prosecutors Matt Breeding (’06), who is also an adjunct professor at the law school, and Mike Silver.

“While this event is primarily for the high school students we are bringing into the program, law students should definitely come to get trained,” says WFU Teen Court leader Kelsey Kolb (’16). “It’s an amazing experience.”

Participation in the program also awards law students with pro bono credits as part of the Pro Bono Project. Teen Court is held every other Tuesday at the Forsyth County Courthouse downtown from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The next session is Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Teen Court is especially exciting for those interested in family and juvenile law, according to organizers. Students acting as attorneys have the chance to turn the teenagers’ lives around for the better.

“This is like a real trial,” says co-leader Carson Smith (’16). “You get to sit in an actual courtroom, interview clients, and do opening and closing statements.”

To reserve your spot,  sign up here. Registration is required and capped at 25 students.

Benefits of participating in Teen Court for law students include:

  • Coaching and arguing alongside teenagers who have been trained
  • Practice with actual court proceedings, which makes the first Teen Court session less intimidating
  • Practice techniques that otherwise might not be learned until Trial Practice, which may not be available until the third year of law school

For more information, visit the Wake Forest Law Teen Court Facebook page.