Monthly Archives: June 2012

How will the New Immigration Policy Affect those with Juvenile Records?

The basic answer to the question posed in the title of this post is, we don’t know yet.  Until the rules and regulations regarding the program are released in mid-August, immigration experts can only guess.  However, there is some information … Continue reading

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N.C. Politicians Again Fail to Raise the Age

Just received the very disappointing news that the North Carolina bill to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 has again failed to progress in the General Assembly.  Heartbreaking for the children of this state.  And shameful … Continue reading

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A.B.A. Juvenile Collateral Consequences Project

I just received the latest Criminal Justice Section Newsletter from the A.B.A., and I was glad to be reminded of their website, www.beforeyouplea.com.  It lists the collateral consequences of juvenile delinquency adjudications in such areas as education, employment, and public benefits.  The site has … Continue reading

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Miller v. Alabama Coverage Roundup: Updated 7.7.12

There has been extensive media coverage and commentary following the Miller v. Alabama Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory JLWOP.  Having canvassed a good bit of the articles, posts, etc., I thought I would share several items that are representative of … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Impact of Miller v. Alabama?

As Professor Dan Filler (Drexel) points out so well in a recent post on Miller v. Alabama on the Faculty Lounge, the decision’s direct effect on those currently serving JLWOP may be less dramatic than first imagined.  Sentencing rehearings during which … Continue reading

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Something More than Gut and ‘Brain Science’

On my Facebook news feed, I just received a link to this incisive Slate piece by Judge Richard Posner on yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions.  Having read Miller v. Alabama a few times now, I was most struck (as I discussed in an … Continue reading

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Juvenile Regional Services (New Orleans) Seeks a Managing Director and Staff Attorney

  Juvenile Regional Services is looking to hire (1) a Managing Director; and (2) a Staff Attorney. Both positions and the corresponding application processes are described in greater detail below.   Organizational Overview Juvenile Regional Services (JRS) is a nonprofit … Continue reading

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Children and Family Justice Center (Northwestern Law) Seeks Clinical Fellow

CLINICAL FELLOW POSITION AVAILABLE Northwestern University School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic Children and Family Justice Center  Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a clinical fellow position beginning in mid-August 2012 in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Children and Family … Continue reading

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The Art of the Judicial Narrative

As a former English major, I try to pay close attention to the language choice, tone, and structure of judicial opinions.  This morning I reread Justice Kagan’s majority opinion in Miller v. Alabama, and I was struck by her strategic … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court holds that Mandatory Life without Parole Sentences for Juveniles Convicted of Homicide Violate the Eighth Amendment

The decision in Miller v. Alabama/Jackson v. Hobbs is 5-4 with the opinion by Justice Kagan.  Justice Alito read his dissent from the bench.  The slip opinion is available here.  I’ll add more as soon as I read it. UPDATE:  As … Continue reading

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