YOUTH PROGRAMS

Crump Law Camp

The National Bar Association Crump Law Camp was established to provide students entering the 9th through 11th grades (ages 14 to 17) with an introduction to the American judicial system. Three other national minority bars—the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Native American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific Bar Association have generously given their support to the camp as well. By providing incentive, motivation and direction to aspiring law students of color, the National Bar Association Crump Law Camp helps prepare the nation’s future lawyers, judges and protectors of the judicial system. The inaugural two-week camp was held during the summer of 2001 at Howard University School of Law supported by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. Thirty-two students of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities descended upon the Howard University campus where they were introduced to law school and learned some of the skills required to be an effective lawyer.
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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition

This contest is designed to motivate high school students to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing. The Competition is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking and reviewing legal documents as well as provide an opportunity for them to obtain some financial support to continue their education.


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The Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition

Traditionally, the program is held on Tuesday or Wednesday during the Annual Convention. The Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition is the highlight of the National Bar Association Crump Law Camp. All students at the Law Camp participate in the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition. The finalist attend the convention and compete for a lap top computer. The students are rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders. The first competition took place under Past President Simmons’ Presidency.  The 14th Annual Competition took place during the 89th Annual Convention and Exhibits.
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Annual Linnes Finney, Jr. National Bar Association Youth Day

Held during the Annual Convention, this day-long program provides high school students with a chance to learn about careers in the legal profession. The goal of this program is to increase the number of diverse students applying to and being admitted to our nation's law schools by providing them with resources and knowledge about what it takes to become a lawyer. Participants attend various workshops on the application/admissions process, trying cases and legal profession options. The students will also participate in mock trial competitions. The program culminates with an awards presentation.
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Vanessa Pratt -
Melvin Felton II -

Youth Symposia and Seminars

During the 2011-2012 bar year the National Bar Association published a pamphlet entitled, “How the Law Treats You Differently When You Turn 18.” This publication was apart of the National Bar Association’s “Lifting as We Climb” series and is intended to inform, not advise, persons about certain rights and responsibilities they gain when they turn 18.  During some bar years, a Youth Empowerment Symposium was held at various National Bar Association meetings.  These  symposium featured an in-depth look at the National Bar Association publication “How the Law Treats You Differently When You Turn 18,” informative session on bullying and teen dating violence and civic education in the nation’s School and seminar related to deconstructing the school-to-prison pipeline.

Law Academy: Constitutional Day

Constitution Day is a nationally recognized holiday that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Educators throughout the U.S. are encouraged to teach students about one of the most important and influential events in American history, which established the many rights and freedoms “We the People” enjoy today.
The National Bar Association celebrates Constitution Day, September 17, with educational programs in classrooms throughout the United States. Volunteer attorneys discussed the Constitution with junior high school students. The National Bar Association 2013 Pilot occurred in select cities around the country.  

Diversity Task Force

This committee is responsible for planning and implementing programming which will increase diversity in the legal profession and assist law students with making a successful transition to the practice of law. During this bar, this task force was charged with the following three initiatives: i) Pilot program: National Bar Association Law Student Rep at 12-13 law schools across the country; ii) developing a Bridge the Gap Seminar for newly admitted attorneys; and iii) planning a collegiate Mock Trial Competition.

The Youth Achievers Breakfast

The Youth Achievers' Breakfast, formally renamed the Minnie P. Spaulding  Youth Achievers' Breakfast, is a NABBS sponsored event where the National Bar Association's Youth Enrichment Program and a local youth group perform, receive a fully prepared breakfast, and receive an attendance award recognition for attending the event prior to a bus trip/tour.  Recently, this event was either scheduled Wednesday or Thursday due to the compact National Bar Association schedule. Historically, the event was held the morning of the youths' final day prior to the youth field trip and/or community service project.
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Aimee Griffin -