1. To become a Teen Court Attorney, you must observe one court session and attend training OR observe two court sessions and attend the next scheduled training. You must also be approved by the Coordinator and the Advisory Board. Applications are available at City Hall.
2. Attorneys are expected to make a six-month commitment to the program.
3. You will be assigned to a team of attorneys. Your team leader will be responsible for assigning cases. Team members will help each other prepare for cases.
4. Attorneys arrive at 5:15 p.m., for court. This allows time to meet briefly as a group and will give you time to meet with your clients in person. Failure to arrive at the scheduled time on two occasions will result in your termination from the counsel position and replacement will be made for you.
5. If you are unable to make one of your scheduled dates, you must notify your team leader and the Coordinator two days in advance. In the event of illness, notification by noon on Monday is sufficient.
6. Team leaders will be designated "Lead Attorneys" and members will be designated "Associate Attorneys." Team leaders will be responsible for assigning cases and for serving as a resource for case preparation. Additionally, they will rotate attending Teen Court Advisory Board meetings. Team leaders will be selected by the Coordinator after consultation with attorneys.
7. Dress Code: part of your responsibility as an attorney is to help create an appropriate courtroom atmosphere. Please avoid wearing jeans and T-shirts. Shorts are never allowed. Look professional!
8. Volunteer teen attorneys are the backbone of the Teen Court Program. While it is a volunteer position, it is expected that you will treat your commitment like regular employment.
9. All guidelines for attorneys must be approved by a majority of the current attorneys and by the Teen Court Advisory Board.
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