The Rochester City School District partnered with the City of Rochester, the New York State Unified Court System, WDXK 103.9, and the Rochester Black Bar Association to bring J.U.S.T. L.A.W. to city schools.
This was a collaborative effort to help middle school students in the RCSD better understand the law and the country's legal system. Judges from the local area visited 18 RCSD schools and addressed over 2,000 students in the fall of 2018.
The program explored several topics, including the importance of school attendance, ways for students to express concerns, questions, desires, and/or expectations relating to the court system. Students also learned about potential career opportunities within the court system.
J.U.S.T. L.A.W. stands for Justice, Understanding, Societal Trust, (JUST) and Literacy, Attendance, and Writing (LAW).
More than 450 students entered an essay contest on the topic of "What Justice Means to Me." Students will recite their winning essays in front of parents, principals, judges, Hall of Justice personnel, and representatives from the Rochester Police Department.
WDKX is awarding each student winner with a check for $103.90 dollars.