We Need YOU!!! Taking Volunteers to help with Mock Trial!!

Houston area high school students have been working hard in their Street Law classes, and are right now choosing their roles, practicing, and working with their groups to prepare for the annual University of Houston…

Donated Suits for Houston High School Students

The University of Houston Law Centers provides local underserved high schools with volunteer law student teachers to teach “Street Law” classes. The Street Law program is one of the many reasons the law school has…

Happy Holidays for the Children in the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center

  This holiday season, approximately 230 children spent Christmas, Hanukkah, and other respective holidays away from family and friends. This year, though, the normally cheerless surrounding of the  Harris County Juvenile Detention Center was brightened by…

Weekly Roundup – Boston Battling Homelessness: As we bundle up kids in jackets and mittens this winter, Boston is making changes to bring more of their youth in from the cold. By: Lauae Wolfe

  Transitional housing with around the clock supervision The best of both worlds, youth in Boston now have the opportunity to live at Liberty house, a new transitional housing for homeless youth. Boston is addressing…

Paving the way for great changes in Juvenile Justice – CCLP Lunch Talk 2018

<ahref=”https://uh.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/e3950d287b5041c9a6b8355bd88b40351d”>https://uh.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/e3950d287b5041c9a6b8355bd88b40351d The Center for Children and the Law, Criminal Law Association at the University of Houston Law Center, and the American Constitutional Society presented Dr. Joe Janes, Dr. Aaron Brown, and Professor Anthony Charles from the…

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Memphis bids to End Department of Justice Oversight of Juvenile Courts Five years ago, the Justice Department  concluded that juvenile courts failed to give due process to children. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell told the attorney general that it’s time to end expensive federal oversight of the juvenile courts. Because, he said, they’ve already done […]

Justice, Mercy, and Youthful Indiscretion

      I come from a larger than average extended family – which includes more than twenty cousins. We all grew up either in poverty or close to it. More than half of those cousins have criminal records. Some learned from their mistakes, but some did not. All of them, however, did their time. Many of […]

Fighting for Children’s Lives

Two recent stories in the news offer views on parents’ fights to save the lives of children through medical intervention and technology. One shows the now-hopeless struggle of parents to get their child experimental treatment. The other demonstrates how a mother is providing hope for parents desperately needing care for their newborns. Most people are familiar […]

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Wisconsin Federal Court Finds Conditions at Juvenile Facilities Unconstitutional Last week, a Wisconsin Federal Court found the conditions of confinement at two juvenile youth facilities in Wisconsin, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools, to be unconstitutional. These facilities used punitive solitary confinement, pepper spray, and restraints on incarcerated youth. Western District Judge Peterson found these […]

Weekly Roundup – Wonder Women, what it means to be a girl, and the importance of gender identity protection. By: Lauae Wolfe

Where’s Wonder Woman? With few gender equality superhero figures for kids to look up to, is there an age too early to teach kids about bias, including sexism? Ryan Beckwith explores that idea with his kids when they read books together, and answers tough questions about why Wonder Woman isn’t featured in the “other” superhero […]

To protect children, Texas, U.S. must outlaw conversion therapy

According to a recent article from the New York Times, Nevada and Connecticut have become the two newest states to declare “conversion therapy” — “therapy” meant to reassign one’s sexual orientation or sexual identity to its “proper,” heterosexual, heteronormative foundation — illegal to anyone under 18 years of age. Texas, not to mention the nation as […]

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Senate Bill 179 (“David’s Law”) heads to legislative conference committee in Texas Congress Texas Senator Jose Menendez crafted David’s Law to combat cyberbullying among Texas minors after 16-year-old David Molak tragically took his own life. David’s Law “would make it a Class A misdemeanor to electronically harass or bully someone under age 18 with the intent […]

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Weekly Roundup “Conference Showed How Field Is Building on Progress in Youth-Serving Field” May 10, 2017 By Shay Bilchik, Michael Umpierre and Rachael Ward At the LEAD Conference, the latest developments in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, were discussed. A key topic was the improvement of the juvenile justice system, including the reduction of racial and ethnic […]