Three Hofstra Law Students Participate in ABA Efforts to Advance Youth Courts

A group of students study in the library lounge.

Stefan Campagna, a 2L student, participated in a panel discussion titled “A Proven Response for Teens in Trouble: Creating and Sustaining Quality Youth Courts” during the American Bar Association’s Youth Court Seminar on Friday, February 11, 2011. The panel was convened during the ABA’s 2011 Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stefan appeared as part of a panel of experts that discussed best practices that youth court leaders and community volunteers should employ in order to reach public safety goals and create positive results for youth and their families. Participants also presented practical strategies for establishing and expanding restorative justice programs and services for youth.

In addition, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates unanimously approved a Youth Court Resolution yesterday. The report that accompanied the resolution was drafted by two other Hofstra Law 2L students: Gina Choe and Erin McGrath.

Youth courts, also known as teen courts, are specialized diversion programs for juveniles who are sentenced by their peers, serving more than 125,000 youth each year in more than 1,000 community-based programs nationwide.