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Bar recognizes youth courts

The value of New York’s Youth Court programs as an alternative way to deal with teenage delinquency will be recognized by the New York State Bar Association during a daylong seminar Sept. 23 in Albany.

The free event is designed to show how the state’s 80 youth courts can help reduce youth crime through peer intervention, build respect among teens for the rule of law and expose high school students to careers in the law and law enforcement. It is co-sponsored in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York and the Association of New York State Youth Courts.

The event is for students, educators, law enforcement, the legal community and anyone interested in establishing youth courts, improving existing courts or learning more about the Youth Court system.

Morning activities, starting at 9:15 at the State Bar Center, will include a panel discussion of innovative practices, workshop sessions on how to effectively prepare presentations to elected officials and other activities directed to youth volunteers.

The afternoon portion, from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature a mock Youth Court hearing, reception and awards ceremony at the James T. Foley Courthouse.

Registration is required for the morning workshops. To register, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/YCEvent2013. For more information, visit the Association for New York State Youth Courts website at www.nysyouthcourts.org.

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