Category Archives: Center for Children Law and Policy

Welcoming the 2013-14 Irene Merker Rosenberg Child Advocacy Scholars

The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center is proud to welcome this year’s Irene Merker Rosenberg Child Advocacy Scholars. The new Scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and will continue to advance the Center’s mission (including providing fresh content for this blog!). Continuing (Second Year) Scholars: Allison […]

Center for Children, Law & Policy Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Please join the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center in welcoming two new members of the Center’s team! Shiloh and Alex are both recent graduates of the University of Houston Law Center and both were Irene Merker Rosenberg Scholars during their time in law school. Both Shiloh and Alex will […]

Forum on New Healthcare Law’s Health Insurance Marketplace & How to Prepare

Healthcare In a Changing Landscape: Connecting Houstonians to Coverage: A Citywide Forum for Stakeholders and Consumers View the Forum Agenda & Register Online @ www.cdftexas.org/houstonforum COSPONSORS: Children’s Defense Fund, Texas Organizing Project & Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign. WHERE: Krost Hall, University of Houston Law Center WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9 AM – 4 […]

Last Day of Conference Begins with Frankie Guzman’s Story

Frankie Guzman, a Soros Fellow at the National Center for Youth Law, starts off this morning’s session with his life story of overcoming years in juvenile prison in California and later attending Berkeley and UCLA Law.  Most striking to me was the disparity in armed robbery sentences that he received as a Hispanic man (15 […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

The Bully Effect, Anderson Cooper 360 An extraordinary documentary called “Bully” captured a behavior adults hear about, but rarely see: the way some kids pressure and relentlessly harass their peers. Filmmaker Lee Hirsch was embedded in several schools for an entire year. What he filmed was so raw and eye-opening that the project catapulted a […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Timberlake: For a new judge, different outlook on juvenile court, Southtown Star, Illinois Fortunately, that lack of options has changed. The counties in my circuit were one of the four pilot areas for a new state program, Redeploy Illinois, in exchange for our promise to send 25 percent fewer young people to the prison system. […]

Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Michigan appeals court rules that juveniles serving mandatory life for murder won’t be freed, Detroit Free Press, Michigan The Michigan appeals court has ruled a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ends mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder will not apply retroactively to teens already found guilty who have exhausted their […]

First Court of Appeals Hears Case Challenging Transfer of Juvenile to Adult Court

Children in Texas can be tried in adult criminal court under a waiver statute that permits the transfer of a juvenile to adult court after a hearing is conducted by a juvenile judge.  Tex. Fam. Code § 54.02.  On October 31, 2012 the First Court of Appeals in Houston heard a case challenging the transfer of a […]

Kid Courts Should Use Kid Friendly Language

Upon entering the courtroom with his defense attorney, the child starts waving at the judge.  When the defense attorney asks the child, “What are you doing?”  The child replied, “I’m waving my rights.”[1] Across our country, children are being funneled through the juvenile justice system.  The majority of these children have no real understanding of […]

Monday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

No Guidelines to Prevent Child Abuse in Delhi, The Times of India Despite a spate of child abuse cases, the capital doesn’t have any guidelines to prevent sexual abuse of children in schools and educational institutions, claimed a Public Interest Legislation in the Delhi high court earlier this week. The legislation was filed by HAQ […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

In ‘Juvenile In Justice,’ Children Caught in America’s Prison System, The Daily Beast More than 70,000 children are held in U.S. juvenile jails. Despite some changes in harsh sentencing laws, photographer Richard Ross found despair among kids stuck in the prison system. Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill , The Huffington Post In the […]