Jury film, youth survey cited by ABA

Two State Bar projects were honored last month by the American Bar Association for addressing problems of concern to the legal profession and the public.

Juries on Trial, a 26-minute documentary, received the Public Education Program Partnership Award. The film, designed to inform the public about juries and jury duty, was shown throughout the U.S. on public television stations.

Produced by media relations coordinator Kim McCready, "Juries on Trial" was developed in response to declining numbers of potential jurors willing to serve.

The Youth and the Law survey, which last spring polled 1,600 California youngsters between the ages of 10 and 14, received an Award of Merit from the ABA.

The survey found that more than half of those questioned admitted they had broken the law, although most agreed the threat of jail would serve as an effective deterrent. It also found widespread misunderstanding among children about the consequences of their behavior.

The survey was underwritten by a State Bar Foundation grant.