'Just Law' initiative gives students perspective on justice system

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    Rochester, N.Y. – An initiative introduced at the start of the school year aims to educate city youth on the U.S. legal system.

    Over the course of the “Just Law” program, judges from the Seventh Judicial District visited 18 RCSD middle schools and explained how the justice system works – and the role it plays in the community.

    Students then wrote essays on the topic ‘What Justice Means to Me” and, Thursday, 12 students were honored for their essays. They read them aloud at the Hall of Justice.

    “We’re really proud of what they were able to do,” RCSD Interim Superintendent Dan Lowengard said. “I think for them to be out in public, to give their speech – they practiced it – but to do it in this environment, it’s really unbelievable.

    The next phase of the program begins next month. Students will be paired with members of the Rochester Black Bar Association, who will act as their mentors.

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