Washington State Youth Court Conference - Virtual Conference

WSAYC Annual Conference was held October 24. Students, adult leaders and entities interested in starting new youth courts in their communities took part in the virtual conference. Guest Speakers included: Keynote Speaker-Kitira Johnson is founder and CEO of Kitara Johnson LLC, a training and consultant company. She currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at Excelsior Wellness in Spokane, WA.  She serves on the Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission and under the commission organizes the Spokane Youth and Justice forum. A reformed gang leader from the southside of Chicago, featured on CNN and Netflix, Kitara has a passion for youth, unity and justice. Officer JD Elliott, serves on the Seattle Police Department and will share his inspirational story and perspective serving as a Police Officer in the current cultural climate in America Workshops included: Anti-Racism Application in your court New Youth Court Legislation presented by Courtney Whitten - Attor


Hello Fellow Youth Court Managers, Administrators, and partners: Here we are at the beginning of another school year and the beginning of the 2020-2021 Youth Court Session. It is also nearly time for the WSAYC annual Fall Conference and the reason for this email.   You are invited  to join us for the  WSAYC Fall Conference  to be held  Saturday, October 24, 2020 . The conference was recently moved to an  online format .  Please SAVE THE DATE!   The Committee has an engaging and exciting set of speakers and activities designed to improve your youth court skills and experience. The conference will also be a good opportunity for those wanting to start a new youth court to connect with people and resources to help them get started.   Registration details and more information will soon follow.   Thank you for your patience as we work out the final details. We look forward to seeing you online Saturday, October 24 th !     Terri Cooper, Court Administrator WSAYC President Cheney Municipal Co


WSAYC held it's annual conference November 2nd at Seattle University Law School.  During the  conference new board members were elected.  Judge Jennifer Cruz was elected to the Vice-President position and students Ethan Coyle (new student president) and Nigel Naylor (new student vice-president) were welcomed to the board.  Gen Sakura stepped down as incoming student president as he is currently enrolled at the University of Washington (Engineering program) and was promoted to a special advisory role on the board. Whatcom Youth Court reported the retirement of Cathy Beaty who served as coordinator for the court for over 20 years. Her absence will certainly be missed. Whatcom Youth Court currently has over 100 student volunteers that serve on the diversion based court and is in the process of restructuring the student advisory board and the types of cases that can be heard. Cheney Youth Court reports an upcoming New Youth Court Start Up Conference to be held at Gonzaga University


The Washington Judges Foundation announced today that they have awarded WSAYC funding for their upcoming annual conference in the amount of $2700.  These funds support WSAYC providing a free state-wide conference for youth, court coordinators, newly developing youth courts and parties interested in starting a youth court.  We greatly appreciate the continued support from the Washington Judges Foundation.


Register now for the upcoming Washington State Association of Youth Courts Annual Conference. This is a free conference for youth/adults/new or organizing youth court staff - November 2nd, 2019.  Seattle University School of Law 10-3:30pm Please contact:  Margaret Fisher: for registration information.

Redmond Youth Court: A new legal program to educate teens

Youth court will address traffic infractions given to 16 and 17 year olds.  by Ashley Hiruko Redmond Reporter Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:42pm It was the Michael Connelly books his grandfather gave him that first created 17-year-old Bouke Spoelstra’s interest in law. Among those shared was “The Lincoln Lawyer.” It tells the story of a Los Angeles lawyer who practiced out of his Lincoln Town Car. But it was his active participation in a youth court in Bothell that deepened Spoelstra’s infatuation with law, he said. And ultimately these pieces led to Spoelstra pushing for Redmond to start its own youth court program. “I think a lot of the time, teenagers especially can perceive the judicial system in a way that it’s simply dishing out punishments that are sometimes negotiable but never avoidable, simply trying to hurt them,” Spoelstra said. “Obviously we know better…that there’s more to that story. And youth court is a way we can communicate that.” Bothell