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Devonshire Program

In 1984, in order to address growing concerns over the problems posed by underage drinking and the illicit use of drugs, Fairfax County Public Schools entered into a cooperative agreement with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community services Board to establish The Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention Program. The program is designed for students in ninth through twelfth grades that have been suspended from school for alcohol and/or drug use violations. Professionals from both agencies created this three-day intensive session, which is now conducted at two locations, Pimmit Hills and Quander Road Schools.

In September 2001, the Fairfax Bar Association accepted an invitation to participate in this program by providing attorney guest speakers to discuss the legal ramifications facing teenagers who use alcohol and/or other drugs. Students have shown a continual interest in the attorneys’ observations about the realities of the court system, the potential effects of criminal adjudications on teenagers and the factors a judge considers in distinguishing one case from another.

 

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 of age, many of whom have pending court dates. Class sizes typically range from 7-10 teenagers. Volunteer attorney speakers are provided with an informational letter, directions, a draft topical outline and a sample skit.  However, participants are highly encouraged to share their knowledge and personal experiences with the teenagers in attendance.
 

Attorney volunteers are needed 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 sduchak@fairfaxbar.org.

 

 

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