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The New York Times reports on Doctor Visits That Lead to Legal Help With Everyday Problems, covering Medical-Legal Partnership pioneered by Barry Zuckerman in the mid-90’s. The stories are revealing of the interplay between poverty, law and health: Diana A. of Cincinnati took her prematurely...
The Haywood Burns institute, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youth of color has created a State Map of Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) to quantify Disproportionate Minority Contact on a state-by-state basis. DMC includes measuring the...
The Texas State Board of Education has drawn significant media attention lately for what has been characterized as putting a “conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks” used not only in Texas but, due to it’s influence on the textbook market, across the country....
The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) has released a second edition of the MacAurthur Juvenile Court Training Curriculum Intended for juvenile court judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and probation staff, the curriculum provides in-depth training materials on the most up-to-date...
Juvenile Justice in Wyoming from Marc Homer on Vimeo. Via Reclaiming Futures, an excellent piece on the effects of juvenile system in Wyoming (and not much different elsewhere unfortunately). Related posts:A Pivoltal Moment: Coalition for Juvenile Justice Report on the federal Juvenile Justice...
Law students interested in acquiring intensive training in areas of adoption and child welfare might consider an innovative program at Capital University Law School. This summer, the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School will be hosting two intensive summer...
The Center for Children, Law and Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center are pleased to announce that Bryan Stevenson has agreed to speak at the Zealous Advocacy Conference 2010: Game Changing Strategies. Bryan Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in...
An article by Nina Bernstein in the New York Times, Judge Keeps His Word to Immigrant Who Kept His, highlights the clash that develops at the intersection of juvenile justice with its rehabilitative emphasis and other areas of the law - in this case immigration. The teenager, a gifted student, was...
Since the implementation of the Zero-tolerance policy in Texas schools in the wake of the 1995 Safe Schools Act, Texas students with no history of behavioral issues who commit any minor infraction of the rules, have been subjected to harsh punishments previously reserved only for those who were...
It has been a long-standing practice in the court system to treat juveniles differently from adults – and for good reason. While they may be physically mature, adolescents are not miniature adults; their brains are still developing in areas such as impulse control and judgment. In most cases,...