Category Archives: Criminal /Juvenile Defense

To Defend a Terrorist: Reflections on Reid, Tsarnaev & How I Got from There to Here

Since my last post, I’ve been occupied with putting myself out there (via print, radio & cable news) to share the message that even those charged with the most heinous offenses are still human beings, that we are each more … Continue reading

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New Article on the Role of Counsel in the Sentencing Phase of a Juvenile Delinquency Case

It’s always struck me as ironic that the criminal defense of adults is considered to be more “advanced” and “complicated” than the defense of young people in juvenile court.  Having practiced in both realms, I have personally found representing children … Continue reading

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Posted in Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Delinquency, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Legal Scholarship, Sentencing | 2 Comments

Infographic on the Criminalization of Poor D.C. Youth

From our friends at D.C. Lawyers for Youth (DCLY): DC Lawyers for Youth (DCLY) has launched a capital-wide campaign to reach out to kids, families, policymakers, practitioners and systems administrators to communicate the error in spending and judgement when it … Continue reading

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When the Law Doesn’t Fit the Crime: Lessons from the Blogosphere

I’m now blogging for the Huffington Post.  Here’s my first piece, which also appears on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Practicing criminal law is not rocket science. It’s also not open heart surgery. But it’s more than just slapping a … Continue reading

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Changing our Response to Infanticide

My latest column posted at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is inspired by recent headlines: The facts are still coming in. All we know is what the media is reporting: a newborn is dead, a 14 year-old girl has been … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Children, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Media, Sentencing | 4 Comments

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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Delinquent by Reason of Poverty

The title of this post is the title of a new column of mine published today on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  I’m now a regular contributor to JJIE; my pieces will typically appear on Mondays, with direct links from this blog. … Continue reading

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Posted in Books, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Delinquency, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Race, Class, Ethnicity | 3 Comments

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

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

Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America

In partnership with several juvenile justice advocates around the country, Cathryn Crawford, a national expert in juvenile and criminal justice, has edited a new book entitled Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America (IDEA 2012). Through a combination of original and reprinted articles … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Advocacy, Books, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Gender, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Mental Health, Race, Class, Ethnicity, School to Prison Pipeline, State Laws | 2 Comments