Category Archives: Race, Class, Ethnicity

Keeping a Grim Tally in Juvenile Court

One recent morning I sat in juvenile delinquency court on the fifth floor of the county courthouse in Durham, N.C., and kept a bleak tally. A 14-year-old boy admitted to a larceny charge for having stolen a video console and … Continue reading

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Kiddie Court is No Joke for Juveniles

A client of mine, who I’ll call Deanna, was a 15-year-old in the ninth grade at a public high school in North Carolina. She lived with her mother, who was unemployed, and two younger brothers in government-subsidized housing. She had … Continue reading

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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 | 3 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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When Kids Behave Like Kids, Don’t Punish Them Like They are Adults

As a criminal defense lawyer and the mother of two girls, I have a very effective disciplinary tool at my disposal: I can take just about any undesirable interaction between my daughters and frame it as a crime.  If the … Continue reading

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Telling the Whole Truth about Juvenile Incarceration Rates

While a new report finds that juvenile incarceration rates are declining in the United States, there is more to the story than just the numbers.  In this guest post, Jason Langberg, staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, examines … Continue reading

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Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Senate Subcommittee Hearing

      As many of you know, yesterday the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. A full webcast of the hearing, which was chaired by Senator Dick Durbin, in addition … 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