Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Cases Challenging Juvenile Life Sentences Without Chance of Parole

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the constitutionality of sentencing minors convicted of murder to life in prison without a chance for parole. The two cases are Miller v. Alabama (Case No. 10-9646) and Jackson v. Hobbs (Case No. 10-9647). SCOTUSblog has provided a comprehensive background and analysis of both […]

LAST DAY to Register Early for the 11th Zealous Advocacy Conference in Houston, Texas

Today is the LAST DAY to register early and save 60% on the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference. After today, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Don’t miss your chance to register TODAY! 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012 Location: University of […]

Juvenile Division Chief of Harris County PD’s Office to Speak at University of Houston Thursday

Please join the University of Houston Law Center’s Center for Children, Law & Policy, Stduent Bar Association, Health Law Organization, and Family Law Organization for: Open for Business: A Discussion about the New Harris County Public Defender’s Office featuring Steven Halpert Juvenile Division Chief of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office Thursday, March 1 @ […]

South Dakota House Committee Passes New “Sexting” Definition on to Full House Vote

South Dakota lawmakers passed a key legislative hurdle yesterday to redefine “sexting” in their state’s laws:  A South Dakota lawmaker more narrowly defined “juvenile sexting” on Monday, saying he doesn’t think the illegal activity should fall under the child pornography law. An amended version of Mitchell Republican Sen. Mike Vehle’s bill passed the House Judiciary […]

A Link Between the Death Penalty and Juvenile Justice

As a death penalty attorney for over twenty-five years, David Dow asks us to consider the bigger picture in a death row inmate’s story. Over 75% of death row inmates have a previous history with the juvenile justice system. Dow emphasizes the need for effective intervention and prevention during childhood. Check out his presentation. TEDxAustin […]

Only 6 weeks until the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference!

We are only six weeks from the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, held annually at the University of Houston Law Center. More importantly, we are only 18 DAYS from the close of early registration. After March 1st, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Take advantage of the early fee by registering today! You can register […]

Jury Finds Houston-Area Teen Who Fatally Shot Her Abusive Father Not Guilty

A Harris County jury delivered a not guilty verdict Monday for a Houston-area student who shot and killed her abusive father. In April 2009, Mark Nelson walked into the bathroom and watched his twelve year-old daughter in the bathtub. Trial testimony showed that Nelson’s behavior was part of a pattern of physical and sexual abuse […]

Overmedicating of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are 13 times more likely to be medicated with powerful psychotropic drugs than children not in foster care. According to a new federal report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there have even been instances where doctors prescribed doses beyond what the Food and Drug Administration have approved. As a CASA […]

It’s Time for a Federal Mandatory Reporter Law

The Penn State sexual abuse case has been all over the news. Americans are disgusted with the moral apathy exhibited by the administrators and coaches who covered up abuse allegations. Their failure to report likely caused scores of additional children to be subjected to an alleged sexual offender. Instead of looking backward, placing blame, and […]

The Link Between the “Occupy” Protests and Education in America

I just read an insightful blog posting by Fareed Zakaria regarding his take about the “Occupy” protests and wanted to add my two cents to the topic of discussion. In his article, Zakaria notes that the “Occupy” protesters are frustrated by their perception of the vast inequality of circumstance in our country. As most people […]