Category Archives: Poverty

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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Join Me at PrawfsBlawg This Month!

Dan Markel (Florida State University Law School) has been asking me for years to guest blog on the always-interesting law professor blog, PrawfsBlawg.  Knowing that I’ll never have the time until I make the time, I finally agreed to join in … Continue reading

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Closing the Widening Net: The Rights of Juveniles at Intake

Should juveniles have more, fewer, the same or different procedural rights than are accorded to adults?  This question, posed by Professor Arnold Loewy for a panel at the 2013 Texas Tech Law Review Symposium on Juveniles and Criminal Law, requires … Continue reading

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Public-Private Partnerships: The Power to Make a Difference for Youth, Families and Communities

      The title of this post is the title of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association’s 2013 Adolescent Conference planned for February 19-20, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. The conference schedule features two dynamic keynote speakers, a wide choice of among 30 … Continue reading

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Transitions

This past week we had the final classes of the semester, which meant that I taught the last two-hour session of the Criminal Lawyering Process, a companion course to the Juvenile Justice Clinic.  It was my ninth year teaching it, … Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift from Me to You. Really!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and enter the holiday season, I am reminded of our annual family tradition, one that I imagine is shared by many across the United States. After gathering around the table with our plates piled high with … Continue reading

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Posted in Children, Conditions of Confinement, Delinquency, Homelessness, Juveniles, Organizations, Poverty, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Rehabilitation | 2 Comments

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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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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Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

My latest piece for the Huffington Post: “School is just a waiting room to prison.” ~ African-American teenager, Washington, D.C. If you sit in juvenile delinquency court long enough, you notice a few things. Most of the kids are black … Continue reading

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