Judge Charles V. Johnson

Youth & Law Forum, Seattle

WHAT IS IT?  The Charles V. Johnson Youth & Law Forum is a fun, interactive and free community legal education program for teens and pre-teens, parents and guardians.  It is offered annually to youth from all ethnic and diverse backgrounds.  The Charles V. Johnson Youth & Law Forum is an annual event first organized in 1990 by members of First AME Church. 

OBJECTIVES: To use contemporary illustrations and workshops to teach basic legal rights and responsibilities; to expose youth to and encourage their consideration of the breadth of justice system careers and to build and maintain bridges between community youth and community justice system participants. 

HISTORY AND LEGACY:  In response to deteriorating relationships between the justice system and community youth in particular, the Forum began as a First AME Church community outreach in 1990 by King County Superior Court Judges Charles V. Johnson, Ret. Judge Norma Smith Cannon, Ret.; Judge L. McCullough, and others.  The model has been replicated throughout the State of Washington.  It is as relevant today as it was in 1990.