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Devonshire Program

The Fairfax Bar Association has been once again requested to provide volunteer attorney speakers to reach out during a one hour discussion with a group of at-risk teenagers. This session is part of the Devonshire Youth Alcohol and other Drug Intervention seminars held throughout the school year sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Schools and Youth Alcohol and Drug Services. Each session consists of a three day self-awareness program, designed to reach out to juveniles who are in trouble with the law.

Students are placed in this program for a variety of reasons including: possession of alcohol or drugs at school, at a school event or on a field trip, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the community, circumstances warranting a recommendation from school administrators or guidance counselors to refer the student to the program or whenever a probation officer requires participation in the program as part of the probation. 

This program differs from most others because it is a sit-down conversational setting, rather than a podium lecture. Attendees range from 14-17 years and include boys and girls. Class size usually ranges from 7-10 teenagers, many of whom may have pending court dates. Although each speaker is provided with an informational letter, directions, a draft topical outline and a sample skit, they are encouraged to share your their knowledge and personal experiences with the teenagers in attendance.

Again this year, all attorneys are asked to volunteer for a one hour session held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  For a complete schedule for this year's Devonshire Program, follow this link. Any attorney willing to donate your time in reaching out to assist the youth of our community can contact Sonya Duchak at 703-627-1228 or preferably via e-mail at



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