Monthly Archives: August 2012

Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Journal articles on the Future of Juvenile Justice

In the current issue of the always excellent law review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Journal, are several noteworthy articles on the future of juvenile justice.  As described on the journal’s website: On Monday, March 26, 2012, the Harvard … Continue reading

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Shameful Treatment of Children in Mississippi is Not the Only Example of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The title of this post is the title of a column I have today at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  Here is how it opens: In recent years, juvenile justice advocates, lawyers, policy-makers, and reformers have increasingly sought to raise … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis, Conditions of Confinement, Race, Class, Ethnicity, School to Prison Pipeline | 3 Comments

Nominations Open for ABA Journal’s Top 100 Legal Blogs

The American Bar Association Journal recently announced that it is compiling its annual list of the 100 best legal blogs and invites readers to submit a nomination at this link:   Use the form below to tell us about a blawg—not your own—that … Continue reading

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Two Americas, a Few Miles Apart

As I was driving away this morning after dropping off my younger daughter at day camp, I heard the story below on our local NPR station, WUNC.  Doing the work that I do — representing low-income children of color in … Continue reading

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Middle School Moment

The title of this post is the title of the excellent video below that Frontline produced on the school dropout crisis.  For anyone who works with young adolescents, its message will resonate, as we learn to identify the signs in … Continue reading

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Kids Behind Bars

The title of this post is the title of a compelling special report by Justin Fenton at the Crime Report on the “troubling” detention conditions faced by juveniles in Baltimore’s adult jail.  It begins as follows: Before the other boys jumped … Continue reading

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The Role of the Parent during Juvenile Interrogation

  I am currently in the process of preparing this year’s syllabus for the companion course that I teach with the Juvenile Justice Clinic entitled, “The Criminal Lawyering Process.”  It is designed to introduce clinic students to North Carolina juvenile … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Clinical Legal Education, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Interrogation, Juveniles, State Laws, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Court Invalidates Backpack Search by School Resource Officer

Many of the cases we handle in the UNC Juvenile Justice Clinic involve school-based incidents that are then charged as criminal offenses in delinquency court.  Students who have acted out verbally or physically in school (where any “touch” that is … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis, Case Law, Delinquency, School to Prison Pipeline, Search and Seizure, State Laws, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Maya Angelou: I’m a Rainbow in Somebody’s Cloud

Dr. Maya Angelou was a keynote speaker at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 25, 2012 . The poem she recited was the prelude to the National and Racial Healing Town Hall plenary session that … Continue reading

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Winners of Children, Parents, and the Law Casebook GIVE-A-WAY!

I am happy to announce the four winners of the 2012 Third Edition of Children, Parents, and the Law: Public and Private Authority in the Home, Schools, and Juvenile Courts (Aspen) and an electronic copy of the Teacher’s Manual: Nick … Continue reading

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