12th Annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium

12th Annual Access to Equal Justice Conference


Date: Friday, March 23, 2012
Hosted by: Juvenile Rights and Re-Entry Project – Civil Justice Clinic, Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD), The Gephardt Institute for Public Service, and The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)

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The 12th Annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium, sponsored by the Clinical Legal Education Program and hosted by the Juvenile Rights and Re-Entry Project of the Civil Justice Clinic, focused on the past, present and future of juvenile justice. The goal of this day-long colloquium entitled, “Evolving Standards in Juvenile Justice: From Gault to Graham and Beyond,” was to engage theoretical and practical issues for youth advocates while building and sharing expertise on the national, regional and local levels.

The program featured plenary panels with juvenile law and other experts from across the country including Doug Abrams (University of Missouri Law), Tamar Birckhead (UNC Law), Tim Decker (Director, MO DYS), Steve Drizin (Northwestern Law), Sarah Jane Forman (Detroit Law), Tricia Harrison (SLU Law) Kristin Henning (Georgetown Law), Randy Hertz (NYU Law), Kim McLaurin (Suffolk Law), Kathryn Pierce (Washington University Law), Lourdes Rosado (Juvenile Law Center), and Sandra Simkins (Rutgers Law). Several interdisciplinary break-out sessions focused on such issues as juvenile competency to stand trial, adolescent brain development, non-legal advocacy initiatives, and parents as partners in youth justice. In addition, through various working group sessions local stakeholders participated in conversations about improving justice outcomes, addressing disproportionate minority contact with the justice system, school-to-prison pipeline concerns, and the policing of youth.

7.7 MCLE (law) and 6 CEU (social work) credits are expected. The program was free and open to the public.


Clinic Operations Manager
Katie Herr | 314.935.7238 | kmherr@wustl.edu  

Washington University Law • Clinical Education Program
Robert R. Kuehn, Associate Dean for Clinical Education
Katie Herr, Clinic Operations Manager
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