From January 19-20, YP4 held its inaugural Courts Matter Training. A total of 27 Fellows and alumni convened in Arlington, VA after the 10th annual National Summit to learn more about the judicial system, how it affects pressing issue areas (including sentencing reform, corporate accountability, and reforming the judicial pipeline), and how can use them to advance social change.

We are thrilled and grateful that over a dozen organizations came to the training to speak with our Fellows to help them brainstorm ways to incorporate the judicial system into their Blueprints for Social Justice. They included:

  • Advocates for Youth
  • Alliance for Justice
  • American Association of University Women
  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  •  Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
  • Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights
  • Maryland State Senate
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • National LGBTQ Task Force
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • People For the American Way Foundation
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs


YP4 will continue to support and guide Fellows as they implement their Blueprints and incorporate courts activism into their social justice work.

Be sure to check out pictures from the Courts Matter Training on our Facebook page! And if you are interested in learning more about the Courts Program, please reach out to Poy Winichakul at

Courts Matter cohort


Fellow and Alumni Reflections on the Courts Matter Training

“My top takeaway from this training was that becoming a federal judge is possible and necessary.”

“Having the opportunity to speak organically with [judicial] experts was an amazing learning experience.”

“I absolutely loved [the Courts Matter training] and I am so grateful for this space because I felt so at home.”

“I am so excited and optimistic [as a result of this training] and can’t wait to continue the work that needs to be done [to diversify the judicial system].”

“This [training] was transformative for me.”

“This training was amazing! I loved it!”

“I didn’t want this training to end!”