Making Democracy Work

Community Service Hours for High School Students

Are you a high school student seeking community service hours or a government teacher whose students need them? If so, you've come to the right place!

Volunteer opportunities for High School Students

Volunteer for the Film Screening of "GerryRIGGED" and Redistricting Panel. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m

Cinema Arts Theater Located inside the shopping center: Fair City Mall Address: Fair City Mall 9650 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031

Volunteers for the GerryRIGGED film and panel, please sign up here.

To reserve your spot now, click here.

Download the flyer for the GerryRIGGED film and redistricting panel.

FCPS High School Student Volunteers volunteer at the at the LWVFA Fall 2016 Eighth District Candidate Forum at Fairfax Public Access in September 2016

High School Students who are already 18: Here's an opportunity for you that we offer twice per year: The NoVA Public Defender's Office is organizing a joint jury moot on

The goal: to have volunteer jurors from the community (preferably not lawyers or law students) to serve as jurors so attorneys can practice their jury selection for specific cases they have coming up in 2017 and be better prepared to fully defend our clients. This will better prepare us as lawyers to fully defend our clients and ensure justice is served!

Besides jury selection, in the past attorneys have shown videos and discussed thoughts and reactions; we have had witnesses testify and discussed reactions; and attorneys have reviewed evidence to get a sense of the community take on the evidence, and on possible sentences (as juries in Virginia also recommend sentences). The details: Fairfax Public Defender's Office 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 500 Fairfax, VA 22030 Date: Next date TBA

Love Law and Order? Now is your chance to see the workings of the justice system from the inside! Please forward this e-mail to them and tell them to RSVP to Lauren Whitley, Senior Assistant Public Defender, if you would like to attend. There will be snacks and soda and the good will of helping public defenders work towards justice!

Candidate Forum

In the fall of 2016, we held the Eighth District Candidate Forum at Fairfax Public Access on Monday evening, September 19th. Five high school students helped.

Virginia's 8th District Candidate Forum was televised live at the Fairfax Public Access TV station on Inside Scoop, Monday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8 p.m.

FCPS High School Student Volunteers sort through Questions at Fall 2015 Candidate Forum

2015 Candidate Forum filmed live at Fairfax Public Access