Category Archives: Advocacy

Time to End our Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons

From Colonial times until the mid-1800s, it was common practice in the United States to jail people who failed or were unable to pay their debts, a practice that many, including the Supreme Court, have since recognized as a violation … Continue reading

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Recommended Juvenile Justice Reading around the Web

Nearly on a daily basis, there are excellent long form articles and other stories on juvenile justice-related topics on the web.  I try to keep up via several sources, including my Twitter feed (yes, if you’re not on Twitter and following … Continue reading

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Why are Armed Police Officers Still in Our Schools?

Recently I sat in the main office of a racially-diverse middle school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, waiting to speak with a guidance counselor.  I arrived early in the morning, and the school resource office (SRO) assigned to the school … Continue reading

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Youth Justice Leadership Institute: Now Accepting Applications

Know an advocate or organizer who wants to set the youth justice world on fire?   The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)  is now accepting applications to the 2016-17 Youth Justice Leadership Institute.   The Institute is a robust, year-long fellowship … Continue reading

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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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