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Youth Courthouse Project

Youth Courthouse Project Committee 

   The Youth Courthouse Project Committee is changing the date of its monthly meeting from the first Wednesday to the second Tuesday of every month.  Meetings will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association building.

Meeting dates are scheduled, as follows:
February 9, 2016 ... MEETING CANCELLED
March 8, 2016
April 12, 2016
May 10, 2016
If you would like to join us for a meeting, please feel free to stop by.


On November 3,. 2014, students from Kingsview Middle School located in Germantown, MD came to the Circuit Court for a tour with the Youth Courthouse Project.  The students participated in a Montgomery County Police Department SWAT Team demonstration, watched a K-9 demonstration, viewed a lock up area used as a holding cell with the assistance of Captain John Bean of the Sheriff's Department, and participated in a mock trial and role play with the assistance of committee members Assistant State's Attorney's Sheri Koch and Steve Chaiken, and more.

Pictured with the students are committee members Louise Schwartz, Esq., Co-Chair Patricia Via, Esq., and Co-Chair Holly Reed, Esq. 


Administrative Judge John Debelius speaks with students from Gaithersburg Middle School during a tour offered by the Youth Courthouse Project Committee.


Assistant State's Attorney Amy Bills giving a powerpoint presentation to student from Shady Grove Middle school during a February Youth Courthouse Project tour.


In December, students from Col. E Brooke Lee Middle School toured the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  Pictured are the students, along with Judge Debelius, Youth Courthouse Committee Co Chair's Holly Reed, and Patty Via, Committee Secretary Diana Metcalf, and Sue Carter


Judge Sharon Burrell is pictured with students from KIPP D.C. AIM Academy after taking questions from the student during a Youth Courthouse Project Committee tour.  Pictured with the students are committee Co-Chair Patricia Via, Esq.,  and Louise Schwartz, Esq.


Stephen H. Chaikin
Patricia P. Via


Meeting Dates

Jan. 12, 2016
Feb. 9, 2016
Mar. 8, 2016
Apr. 12, 2016
May 10, 2016

Meetings will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association buildng, unless otherwise noted.