The Adopt-A-Class Program was designed for middle-school students and includes teaching tools developed by the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Program and the New York State Education Department to help students better understand the role of the judiciary in our society and master the fundamental concepts of justice and fairness.
Contact: Patricia Parker, 646-386-4711, firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is eligible? Middle-school students in Bronx, Queens and Kings Counties.
How to apply: Educational institutions and individuals can contact Patricia Parker, 646-386-4711, to inquire about program availability.
Program Schedule: School Year
CENTER FOR COURT INNOVATION
SUMMER LAW & GRADUATE SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS
The Center for Court Innovation is accepting applications for its Summer 2009 Law School Internship Program. Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines action and reflection to spark problem-solving innovation locally and nationally. In New York, the Center functions as the court system's independent research and development arm, creating demonstration projects that test new ideas, such as community courts, drug courts, reentry courts, domestic violence courts, and mental health courts.
Roles and responsibilities: Summer interns will work closely with project staff to conduct legal and policy-based research and may participate in other projects on problem-solving justice initiatives related to juvenile justice policy, drug courts, community courts, and community outreach and engagement programs. Interns will have opportunities to visit and observe problem-solving courts throughout New York City and to meet with prominent justice system stakeholders.
Experience and qualifications
- JD or Masters degree candidate, completing your first or second year
- An interest or experience in criminal or civil justice systems
- Legal and/or social sciences research experience
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to interact with members of the judiciary, court staff, community-based organizations, and criminal justice personnel
This is an unpaid internship, which will run for eight weeks, commencing in June and concluding in August.
How to apply: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume, the names and telephone numbers of two professional references, and a writing sample to HR@courtinnovation.org.
FUTURE LEADERS ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM
This award program recognizes high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership skills in a particular sport, the performing arts, communications or other appropriate fields. To be considered for an award, students write an essay describing their accomplishments in the selected area, also discussing their scholastic achievements, life experiences and career goals. High-achieving individuals who have distinguished themselves as community leaders and role models present awards to winners in the various categories, which in the past have included political science, law enforcement, sports, performing arts and broadcasting.
Contact: Hon. John E. H. Stackhouse, 646-386-3751, email@example.com
Who is eligible? New York City high school students, grades 11 and 12.
How to apply: Schools internally identify students and file applications. If you have any interest, please discuss the program with a teacher or administrator at your school.
JURY SERVICE MEDIA CONTEST
This contest, coordinated by the court system’s Office of Public Affairs, invites students (under the guidance of their teachers) to use their creativity to highlight the importance of jury service, submitting posters and other materials. Entries are judged by the participating county’s jury commissioner’s office, with awards presented locally to the winners, whose entries will be displayed in public venues throughout the state.
Contact: Gregory Murray, 212-428-2116, OPAOutreach@courts.state.ny.us
Who is eligible? High school students in the following counties: Albany, Bronx, Broome, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Onondaga, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester.
How to apply: Contest guidelines and entry forms are available at www.nyjuror.gov/contest
Program Schedule: Annual
MARBLE HILL SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES STUDENT COURT
Youth Courts train local teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and attorneys, handling real-life cases involving their peers. The Courts use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the criminal justice system. Programs encourage young people to take responsibility for their actions and to acknowledge how their behavior affects the quality of life in the community. For more information about the Marble Hill School for International Studies Student Court contact the person below.
Contact: Sara Lowes, Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-561-0973, www.marblehillschool.org
STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The Student Ambassador Program is an internship program that offers high school, college, graduate and law school students an opportunity to work under the guidance of New York state judges and other court professionals to expand their knowledge about a particular court- or law-related issue. Students develop presentations, conveying what they learned to their peers and others in their community.
Contact: Gregory Murray, 212-428-2116, OPAOutreach@courts.state.ny.us
Who is eligible? High school, college, graduate and law school students in New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island and New York’s Sixth and Eighth Judicial Districts
How to apply: Students must submit a resume, cover letter and transcript one month prior to the beginning of an academic semester in which they wish to participate. Some locations may also request face-to-face interviews.
Program Schedule: Year-Round
TIMES SQUARE YOUTH PROGRAM
Times Square Youth is a workforce development initiative that empowers young people to set and achieve positive employment and educational goals. Each year, the program prepares 60 low-income, out-of-school, at-risk youth for future success by helping them change their attitudes about themselves, work and the world. Participants have access to individual counseling, peer support groups, work readiness training, computer classes, 30-hour skills-enhancing internships, leadership development exercises, community service projects, college counseling, mentoring and job placement services.
Contact: Angela Tolosa, Midtown Community Court, 646-264-1302
Who is eligible? New York City residents between the ages of 17 and 21 who are high school graduates, GED recipients or GED students.
How to apply: Contact Angela Tolosa.
YOUTH JUSTICE BOARD
The Youth Justice Board brings together young people to study and propose solutions to juvenile justice and public safety challenges that affect them. Each year, a team of 15 to 20 New York City teenagers studies an important issue affecting young people. After months of research, participants present their recommendations to key policymakers and advocate for their implementation. Members of the board participate in intensive training in research and critical thinking, developing skills and gaining leadership experience.
Contact: Linda Baird, Center for Court Innovation, 212-716-1365, email@example.com
Who is eligible? 13-18 year old residents of New York City.
How to apply: The Youth Justice Board recruits new members each year in May and June. For more information call 212-716-1365 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.