Dangerous Liaisons: Teenage Love and Arizona Law
Teen Law School in the Classroom Introduced at Arizona Department of Education Conference
Teen Law School Talks "E Pluribus Unum" with International Visitors at Arizona's Supreme Court

                                              ENews June 2014
Dangerous Liaisons:
Teenage Love and Arizona Law
We're constantly amazed when we meet with teens in our workshops that so few know about the extremely serious laws in our state regarding sexual conduct under the age of 18.  Similarly, few parents know that these laws exist or that they could be held liable for enabling their underage teen's illicit relationships. Clearly, it's time for families to have "that" talk again, this time from the perspective of the law of the land.

Arizona Revised Statute 13-1405 makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 in Arizona to engage in sexual conduct. We call the charge Sexual Conduct with a Minor; other states call it Statutory Rape.  If it involves a child 15 years old or older but not yet 18, it's punishable as a Class 6 Felony. If a child 14 years old or younger is involved, charges can elevate to a Class 2 Felony, right below murder.  It's important to note that there are three defenses to the charge of Sexual Conduct with a Minor that all Arizona families should be aware of. The defenses don't change the law however, so it's critical that teens and parents understand the consequences of the laws created by our Legislature. Through direct instruction, cognitive activities and discussion, we make sure Teen Law School graduates understand the dangers of underage sexual involvement and the threats to their reputations and futures that prosecutions can bring. To make sure you and your child know the law, ask about a Teen Law School workshop in your area this summer.  
Teen Law School 
in the Classroom
introduced at 
Arizona Department of Education
On April 25, more than 60 middle school and high school teachers participated in a workshop introducing Teen Law School's new 8-week mini-mester of prevention education designed for use in Arizona public, private and charter schools.  Launching this fall in select districts around the state, the program will be taught by visiting Teen Law School leaders and local attorneys with juvenile expertise.  The curriculum will cover The Six D's, the leading legal dangers of teen life (Drinking, Driving, Drugs, Dating, Digital Drama and Dumb Stuff) and model effective peer pressure resistance skills building.  The program will culminate in student-created prevention campaigns which can be used school and community wide. To learn more about Teen Law School in the Classroom, give us a call.

Teen Law School Talks "E Pluribus Unum" with International Visitors at Arizona's Supreme Court 
They came from Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland to experience a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of our country. Their scheduled stop in Phoenix? A visit with the Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, Arizona Supreme Court, to learn about our state's efforts in ensuring equal justice for all.  In their homelands, our visitors hold positions of influence on policy and practical matters concerning the social integration of immigrant populations, a matter dear to our hearts as well. So when the Commission invited Teen Law School to present our programming to the panel, we were thrilled.  We talked about our shared mission of "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of Many, One), and how Teen Law School has found that teaching young people of diverse backgrounds about our local, state and federal laws goes a long way toward communicating our deeper social and cultural values. We all agreed that teaching teens about the law before they learn the hard way is an essential step in preparing the younger generation for full economic and civic engagement as adult members of society.  Many thanks to Judge Roxanne Song Ong, Chair of the Commission and Phoenix's Presiding Municipal Court Judge for including us in this most important conversation.  We loved every minute of it!
Many thanks to 
 for inviting us to present to your Civic Engagement Conference
for inviting us to speak with your Parent Body

Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary
for inviting us to present to your members and the
 US State Department's Visiting International Guests

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P.S. Teen Law School does not offer legal advice, and nothing in this newsletter should be construed or mistaken as legal advice.  The only way to receive reliable legal advice is to consult with a licensed attorney.