Category Archives: Media

If a society values its children, it must cherish their parents.*

In one of the North Carolina counties in which I practice law, juvenile delinquency court is held every other week. During these sessions, children who have been charged with criminal offenses come before the court to have their matters heard. … Continue reading

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Posted in Child Welfare, Clinical Legal Education, Delinquency, Juveniles, Media, Poverty, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Poor are Still Losing: Gideon’s Empty Promise

This past weekend I spent some time thinking about the future of indigent public defense and what role, if any, defense lawyers can play in a system beset by racism and classism.  First, I read a provocative essay by Paul … Continue reading

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Posted in Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Media, Poverty, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Right to Counsel | 9 Comments

Life Without Parole: Why it Must End for Youth

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) with various partners has recently produced a very effective infographic that they introduce with the following text: In light of the June 25, 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that … Continue reading

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Defending a Terror Suspect

Since the capture and arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pictured on the left at his high school graduation in Cambridge, Massachusetts), the college sophomore charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, I have thought about another young man who was charged with … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Legal Profession, Media, Prosecutor's Role, Right to Counsel, Sentencing, Terrorism cases | Comments Off

Steubenville: The Names Change, but the Story Stays the Same

“My life is over. No one is going to want me now.” These were the words of 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond after a judge adjudicated him delinquent of rape earlier this week in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. Hyperbole? Perhaps. But … Continue reading

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Posted in Delinquency, Education, Gender, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Media, Sentencing | 1 Comment

Preventing the Tragedy of LGBT Youth Homelessness

Although there is plenty to be excited about in terms of the recent strides made in the area of LGBT marriage rights, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done for LGBT kids.  One of the largest … Continue reading

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Posted in Children, LGBT Youth, Media, Mental Health, Poverty | 1 Comment

In the Eye of the Storm: Remembering the Most Vulnerable

Here is this week’s column, which also appears in the Huffington Post and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: As with most natural disasters, the attention of the media was initially centered on the havoc wrecked by Hurricane Sandy. We were drawn … Continue reading

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Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall

The title of this post is the title of the final volume of Susan Madden Lankford’s trilogy on interlinked social issues.  Here is a description: Susan Lankford’s latest book is Born, Not Raised: Voices from Juvenile Hall, which a recent review in … Continue reading

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Posted in Books, Conditions of Confinement, Juveniles, Media, Visual Arts | 1 Comment

Growing Up in Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States

The title of this post is the title of an important new report issued by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, which may be summarized as follows: Every day, in jails and prisons across the United States, young people under the … 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