Monthly Archives: June 2012

Bridging the Gap Between Professors and Practitioners

This morning’s post got me thinking about the thoughtful legal scholarship written on the role of the public defender.  One of my objectives with this blog is to try to bridge the gap between practitioners and legal scholars, to remind … Continue reading

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Are We Making a Difference?

I graduated from law school twenty years ago, and after clerking for a state court appellate judge, I have practiced as a public defender ever since — in both state and federal court, representing both adults and juveniles.  As those … Continue reading

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From Poverty to Stigma to Poor Health Among Teens

Because I have recently written on the criminalization of poverty in the context of the juvenile court system (see Delinquent by Reason of Poverty), news of this study grabbed my attention.  It confirms the profound impact that socio-economic status has … Continue reading

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Community Advocate Position Open at Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi Office

The Southern Poverty Law Center, through its Mississippi Office (based in Jackson, MS), works to reduce the imprisonment of children in the Deep South by advocating for juvenile justice, mental health and educational systems that are responsive to the needs and … Continue reading

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Office of Justice Programs (DOJ) Releases Fact Sheet on Drug Courts

So-called “juvenile specialty courts” have developed at a quick pace over the past decade, with drug courts being the most pervasive.  Typically established by local judges, these specialty dockets are intended to provide children with individualized attention in the kind … Continue reading

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Equal Sentences for Unequal Participation: Should the Eighth Amendment Allow All Juvenile Murder Accomplices to Receive Life Without Parole?

As we await the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller and Jackson, it’s worth reviewing the distinctions between the facts of the two cases and the corresponding doctrine and theory.  Although both boys were 14 at the time of their crimes, … Continue reading

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Convenient Scapegoats: Juvenile Confessions and Exculpatory DNA in Cook County, Illinois

The title of this post is the title of a new article by Josh Tepfer (left), Craig Cooley, and Tara Thompson recently published in the Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender.  Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: In December 2001, … Continue reading

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Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction: 97 Years and Counting

In 2004, I moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina to teach in the Juvenile Justice Clinic at UNC Law School.  I had practiced criminal defense as a public defender for a decade but had little experience in juvenile court.  In … Continue reading

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Growing Up LGBT in America

The title of this post is the title of a new study of 10,000 youth ages 13-17 issued by the Human Rights Campaign.  The study is the largest known survey of LGBT youth. A major finding was that LGBT youth are twice … Continue reading

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Disproportionate Representation of Minority Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Lack of Clarity and Too Much Disparity Among States ‘Addressing’ the Issue

The title of this post is the title of an interesting new article by Professor Elizabeth N. Jones (Western State) to be published in the U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy, available for download on SSRN.  Here is the … Continue reading

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