Monthly Archives: July 2012

What’s Beneath the Graham Cracker?: The Potential Impact of Comparative Law on the Future of Juvenile Justice Reform after Graham v. Florida

The title of this post is the title of a new article in the Pace International Law Review by David A. Shapiro (Brooklyn Law ’12), incoming Gault Fellow at the National Juvenile Defender Center (2012-14). Here is the introduction: In the … Continue reading

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Yale Law Journal Prison Law Writing Contest

This is a fabulous idea, and I look forward to reading the winning entries.  Please share this notice widely and go here for more info: The Yale Law Journal welcomes submissions for our first Prison Law Writing Contest. If you … Continue reading

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Trauma Sensitive Schools are Better Schools

I am always struck by the fact that sometimes the most obvious solutions to “problems” with kids are the most effective but also the most likely not to be considered.  For instance, the concept that adolescents act out, cuss, throw things, … Continue reading

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In a Blended Sentencing State, Can a Defendant be Impeached with Evidence of an Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile Conviction?

The title of this post is the question addressed in a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals opinion that Professor Colin Miller (South Carolina) helpfully analyzes on the EvidenceProf Blog.  It concerns the issue of blended sentencing, a practice available in 15 states … Continue reading

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Keeping the Promise of Gault: Requiring Post-Adjudicatory Juvenile Defenders

The title of this post is the title of a new article in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy by Professor Megan F. Chaney (La Verne College of Law) on the need for post-adjudicatory juvenile defenders (available via … Continue reading

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Judge Michael Corriero Interviewed by Governor Paterson on NY Raise the Age Campaign

I just listened to an informative and inspiring conversation that Judge Michael Corriero, Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice, had with Gov. Paterson last week, which is available here. They spoke about an issue that … Continue reading

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Video available for NBC Story on Maya Angelou Academy

Earlier this week I posted a piece on an upcoming NBC story on Maya Angelou Academy, located within a D.C. youth correctional facility. Here is the link to the six-minute story.  It’s very sensitively done, includes interviews with the school’s … Continue reading

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Recent Juvenile Justice Legal Scholarship

During my years in academia, I’ve tried to keep up with the latest legal scholarship written in the area of juvenile justice by subscribing to relevant eJournals through the Social Science Research Network, subject-matter email alerts through Lexis, and weekly … Continue reading

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Making an Impression in the Courtroom

The other day my young teenage client arrived in juvenile court wearing a black t-shirt emblazoned with the words, “FLIPPING THE BIRD” (see image on left).  Of course I knew it was a pun on the wildly-popular game, Angry Birds … Continue reading

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NYT Editorial on Miller v. Alabama and Next Steps

Earlier this week, The New York Times published an editorial, A Moral Right to Counsel, on the next steps states and the federal government should take to implement Miller v. Alabama: About 2,000 juvenile offenders serving life sentences without parole can … Continue reading

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