Standout Student: Tia Jones

SHREVEPORT, La - Tia Jones attends Caddo Magnet High and for the last five years she's volunteered on teen court, through Volunteers for Youth Justice.
"You got to be involved in the community.  You got to help people out in their life and just help them make better decisions."  
Working with teen court she's been able to work on real cases and defends minors involved in crimes involving theft and fighting.
"My job as the defense attorney is to basically to show that my client has learned from their mistake."
She tries to get the defendant the minimum number of volunteer hours.
"It's a good feeling for people to come out and know that their peers have their back.  Their peers will help them.  Cause we all make mistakes in life.  No one is perfect."
Cindy Deck has known Tia since she was in middle school and was her history teacher
Deck says, "She's always been interested in law.  She's a great debater, so teen court is perfect for her."
Tia is also a member of her school's debate team, Black Studies Association and a long list of other academic and civic organizations.
She plans on attending LSUS, majoring in history and going to LSU's Law School in Baton Rouge.
"I see the good in everyone and I don't want to see the good in someone that probably actually did a pretty bad crime, so my goal is to be a business lawyer."
Tia has only lost three out of 300 cases.


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