Color of Justice 2017

On April 1, the HBA-VA will host the Color of Justice program where attorneys and judges will present to student-participants a mock criminal case about a serious fight. After the evidence is in, the student-jurors will need to deliberate about the outcome of the trial.

We are seeking volunteers from the bench to help lead the discussion during deliberations and afterwards. In past years, judges have been separated among the groups of students to help them discuss and understand the evidence. Once the groups reach their independent conclusions, there will be a larger group discussion.

During the larger assembly, we will ask the students to discuss their thoughts on the evidence and verdicts. After the verdicts are announced and discussed, we will also ask the judicial panel to comment on the importance of diversity in the law, the changes that have been observed over the years, and open the floor up to questions from the students.

All volunteers and participants are also invited to lunch afterward to continue the discussions.

The successful execution of the program is contingent upon funding. We welcome contributions from the specialty bars and the legal community. For Sponsorship information please click here. Katherine Martell is in charge of funding for the the event and you can reach her by email at

Saturday April 1, 2017
10:00am – 3:00 pm
Fairfax County Court House
4110 Chain Bridge Rd.
 Fairfax, VA 22030

To RSVP for the event or get additional information, please contact: Mikhail Lopez – 703-861-0707 – OR Katherine Martell – 571-290-2791 –

Presented by Collaboration of:

The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia, The Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia, The Virginia Women Attorneys Association- Northern Virginia Chapter and The Fairfax Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.

To view the flyer for Attorneys click here.

To view the flyer for Students click here.