Category Archives: Advocacy

No Substitute for Learning from Experience

I currently practice as a juvenile defense attorney in three different counties in North Carolina. As a faculty member in the Youth Justice Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Law, I assign cases to third-year law students … Continue reading

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North Carolina House Bill 879: An Unlikely Smooth Ride to Reform

By Eric J. Zogry, the State Juvenile Defender for North Carolina In June 2015, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 879 into law.  While there was no ceremony and little press, the new “Juvenile Justice Reform Bill” contained … Continue reading

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The Value of Law Students to Juvenile Court Practice

As I approach the end of my 11th year of teaching in a clinical program at the University of North Carolina School of Law, I have been thinking a lot about the value that students add to the dynamics of … Continue reading

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First Year Law Students, A Civil Action and Procedural Justice

I am very excited about our incoming 1L class to Carolina Law.  As the chair of the admissions committee this past year, I had the opportunity to speak with many of our admitted students, and they are a bright, dynamic, … Continue reading

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MacArthur Grant for Northwestern Law’s Children and Family Justice Center

Legal education is under attack — and rightly so.  Corporate law firms are downsizing.  State budgets are shrinking.  Non-profits are shutting their doors, and student debt is exploding.  In this climate, those of us who are engaged in training our … Continue reading

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MacArthur Foundation Program Honors Juvenile Justice Reform Achievements of Rutgers-Newark Law Professor

I was thrilled to see this press release from Rutgers Law School announcing that the wonderful clinical law professor, Laura Cohen, was being honored for her work on behalf of juveniles: Laura Cohen, Clinical Professor of Law at Rutgers School … Continue reading

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Taking the Time to Make Juvenile Court Work

The title of this post is the title of my latest op-ed at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  It opens like this: A couple of weeks ago, I was in juvenile delinquency court and as often happens, a particular case … Continue reading

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What You May Have Missed

With the academic year now in full swing at the law school where I teach, I’ve been swamped — classes, juvenile court appearances, faculty meetings (!), etc. In reflecting back on the past week or so, I’ve found a bunch … Continue reading

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The Age of the Child

This week’s column from Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE): When I first began practicing in juvenile delinquency court in North Carolina eight years ago, I was shocked to discover that the maximum age of jurisdiction is 15. This means if … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Miller v. Alabama, States Should Rethink How to Hold Youthful Offenders Accountable

The title of this post is the title of a recent op-ed appearing on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange by the wonderful Jody Kent Lavy of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. It begins as follows: Many states … Continue reading

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