Broward Youth Learned About Their Rights When Interacting With Police Students Also Understood How the Judicial Process Works
More than 300 youth in Broward County learned about their rights when interacting with law enforcement as well as understood the judicial process during two events in Fort Lauderdale and Davie on January 9.
In the first event, the Urban League of Broward County, National Bar Association, and Broward County Public Schools partnered to conduct a “mock trial” at Nova Middle School’s new 1-800-411-PAIN Courtroom to provide students with real life experiences in the legal profession. During the “trial,” four NBA volunteers served as Supreme Court Justices and students worked on a Supreme Court case. There was also a networking event and a ribbon cutting for the new 1-800-411-PAIN Courtroom. The school is located at 3602 College Avenue in Davie.
In the second event, the Urban League of Broward County and National Bar Association teamed up to host an interactive community workshop that taught youth and their parents to understand their rights when interacting with law enforcement and legal professionals. The “Know Your Rights” event was held at Urban League headquarters at 560 NW 27th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale. The event also featured a panel discussion and interactive session with the youth.
“These events are intended to educate our youth about our legal system and create a motivational environment for them to continue on in their academic studies,” said Yolanda Cash Jackson, an Urban League of Broward County board member and a partner at the law firm of Becker and Poliakoff.
Added Pamela Meanes, president of National Bar Association: “The National Bar Association is proud to partner with the Urban League of Broward County to offer these events, especially the Know Your Rights Town Hall. During the Town Hall, attendees learned how the Fourth Amendment (Search & Seizure) of the United States Constitution applies to them, whether it is legal to record the police activity and how they should behave/respond if, and when, they interact with police officers. In addition, panelists addressed issues of inequality and racial bias in policing, the justice system, and violence against members of minority communities.”
And Dr. Jermaine Fleming, principal at Nova Middle School, said: “We want students to get excited about the legal profession and these events not only educated but also inspired them to seek out opportunities in this important field.”