The HBA created this program in response to low juror turnout in Harris County, especially in certain zip codes. It was designed to help inform the public about jury duty and to ensure that jury pools are made up of a true cross-section of the community. The program educates high school seniors, who will soon be eligible for jury duty, about the importance of the jury system and juror participation in our American justice system. Volunteer attorneys and judges conduct interactive classroom presentations that illustrate the history and importance of our jury system, as well as statistics on Harris County juror participation. The presentations debunk myths about jury service, explain the trial process, and show students how jury deliberations actually work. The program encourages young adults to take seriously their responsibility and their right to serve on a jury and shows them how they can make a difference in their communities.

(Attorneys can sign up as speakers for the program here.)

The Importance of Jury Service - Speaker Request

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • If more than one presentation, use start time for earliest, and include additional times in the "Details" box below.
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  • If there will be more than one class, write the size of the first class here, and then write the sizes of the other classes in the "Details" box below.
  • If there is more than one class period, indicate the number of class periods and the times of each individual class period in the "Details" box below.
  • If there is more than one teacher, include the other teachers' names in the "Details" box below.
  • Include room number.
  • If you are signing up more than one class, please include their sizes, times, and teachers' names.

For more information on the Importance of Jury Service program, contact Christina Trevino at christinat@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.