U.S. District Court Outreach Program for Middle School and High School Students
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington offers a variety of educational outreach programs for students at each of our three court locations.
The Outreach Program was developed to heighten students’ understanding of the federal courts, individual rights, jury service and to acquaint them with future career opportunities in the federal courts.
In Spokane, the standard program lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a simulation of a criminal case (arraignment, jury selection, witness testimony, evidence presentation, and sentencing). Students actively participate in the simulation as attorneys, jurors, and witnesses. After this program, they are afforded the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with a Federal Judge.
In our Yakima and Richland facilities, court staff conduct a program about the court system that also includes jury service. Students meet a Federal Judge or U.S. Magistrate Judge and representatives from the U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington, the United States Attorney’s Office and other agencies. As they tour the courtrooms, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on experience with courtroom technologies. Students will learn about careers with the courts as they interact with court staff, such as court reporters and courtroom deputies.
At each of our court locations, students are welcome to sit in the courtroom galleries and observe court proceedings that are taking place on the day of their visit.
Teachers are invited to schedule a visit in any of our three court locations: Spokane, Yakima or Richland.
Contact the Clerk’s Office to schedule a program that can be customized to fit your curriculum.
Spokane: Laura Barragan, 509-458-3426, Laura_Barragan@waed.uscourts.govYakima: Pam Howard, 509-573-6606, Pam_Howard@waed.uscourts.govRichland: Laura Barragan, 509-458-3426, Laura_Barragan@waed.uscourts.gov
The Ninth Circuit hosts an annual essay and video contest open to high school students in the Western United States and Pacific Islands. These contests are announced in January with specific topic areas, guidelines and deadlines. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington hosts a local component to this Circuit-wide contest whereby students residing in one of the following counties may submit their essay and/or video for local judging: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima. The top three essays and videos are then submitted to the Circuit contest. For more information about this district contest, please contact Laura Barragan at (509) 458-3426, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sobriety Treatment and Education Program [STEP] is a reentry program for individuals on federal supervision who have substance addictions.
Mission: The mission of the STEP Program is to identify high-risk, high-need persons under supervision and utilizing a collaborative justice model, conduct a program following evidence based practices to facilitate reentry of the person into the community as a clean and sober, crime-free individual.
Goals: The goals of the STEP program are to reduce recidivism, protect the public and assist the participant to achieve long term sobriety and to become a positive and productive member of society.
What the Participants Say About STEP:
The entire experience has helped build my self confidence.
I am trying harder than I've ever tried before.
I felt as if they really cared about my sobriety and my way of life.
STEP helps me stay on track. If not for STEP I think I would be back in jail.
I am excited to be in this program. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as getting off probation and being able to finally move on in my life.
STEP CalendarsBrief Description of the STEP Program
If you would like more information about the STEP Program contact Rebecca Nichols, (509) 574-5520 or email Beckie_Nichols@waep.uscourts.gov
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