What’s Going RIGHT In Public Education: Highlighting the Positive (And Where We Go From Here)

The state of public education in America is a topic that attracts the attention of a diverse crowd. The impact public schools have on children is felt by more than the students, parents, and educators directly involved in a child’s education. Education serves as the foundation for every industry in America’s economy. In the past, […]

Harris County Chief Juvenile Public Defender Discusses The Challenges of Establishing A New Urban PD’s Office

Several weeks ago, Steven Halpert, Juvenile Division Chief for the new Harris County Public Defender’s (PD) Office, spoke at the University of Houston Law Center. The discussion was co-sponsored by the University of Houston’s Center for Children, Law & Policy and three other student groups. During the hourlong lunch event, Mr. Halpert discussed the challenges […]

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Automatic Lifetime Registration and Notification for Juvenile Sex Offenders as Unconstitutional

Breaking news today from the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC): Today, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued their opinion in In Re C.P. The decision voids as unconstitutional provisions of the Ohio Adam Walsh Act that impose automatic lifelong registration and community notification requirements on certain juvenile sex offenders who were tried within the juvenile court […]

Congress Should Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Tens of thousands of students with special needs attend schools around the country every day. Laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act aim to make these students’ public school experiences free and appropriate. However, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities often […]

What More Can Be Done?: After Ohio Shooting, Bullying Is Back in the Spotlight

On Monday, February 27, 2012, 17 year-old Ohio student T.J. Lane allegedly opened fire on his Chardon High School classmates. Early reports sound familiar to what has been reported after similar incidents: T.J. was a “loner” that became increasingly disconnected from students he used to call friends, he had family issues, and he was the target […]

Are Texas Juvenile Correctional Facilities Improving?

The Austin-American Statesman reported last week on a survey of Texas youth offenders that shows that more juveniles are feeling safer in state-run facilities. The report also shows that additional reforms must be implemented. A survey of more than 100 youths at a Central Texas juvenile correctional facility demonstrates the need for more reforms in […]

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 […]