Summary of Hate Crimes Education Trial

Since 1993, Colorado Lawyers Committee volunteers have presented trials based on a fictional case arising from a violation of Colorado’s Hate/Bias-Motivated Crimes Statute (formerly the Ethnic Intimidation Statute).  At the conclusion of the trial, small discussion groups of students become “juries” to discuss the issues presented and, with the assistance of an adult facilitator, reach a verdict. The students become very engaged in discussing diversity in their community and the value of preventing the spread of racial slurs and hateful actions.  The program needs volunteers to serve as prosecutors, defense attorneys and facilitators. This is a great chance for lawyers to practice their advocacy skills in front of a live audience and for non-litigators and non-lawyers to be involved in a fun activity that makes a difference.  For more information about volunteering for the Hate Crimes Education Task Force, click here. To bring a Hate Crimes Education Trial to your school or organization, click here. This Task Force is co-chaired by Tarek Saad (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP) and Phyllis Wan (Charter Communications, Inc.).  Christine Snider (Ballard Spahr LLP) serves as the program’s Coordinator.  The YLD Hate Crimes Team Co-Chairs, John McHugh (Reilly Pozner LLP) and Mack Wilding (Ballard Spahr LLP) are active in assuring the success of the program.