13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

This morning marked the start of the 13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference presented by the Center for Children, Law and Policy at the University of Houston Law Center and the Southwest Regional Juvenile Defender Center.  Nearly 100 attorneys from all across the country involved with and interested in juvenile justice have come to participate in the conference. Kicking off the two-day conference was the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) director for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Mr. Bart Lubow, who reviewed the Casey Foundation’s JDAI program in Harris County and around the nation. Gwyneth Rost, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, followed Mr. Lubow with a presentation on linguistics and juvenile defense, focusing on language development and its effect on children and adolescents.  After lunch, Professor Ellen Marrus, Ms. Chris Phillis, Director of the Maricopa County Public Advocate, and Ms. Pamela Vickrey of the Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys, will lead a session on the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program, Multi-Systemic Advocacy: Family, School, and State Agencies.  Next, Professor Malikah Marrus from Missouri State University will present on adolescent development and juvenile defense. Mid-afternoon presentations involve breakout sessions where conference participants will be able to choose between one of three discussions including a continuation of the NJDC’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program, Best Practices for Moving out of Solitary and Removing Shackles, and Linguistics and Juvenile Defense.  Honorable Judge Angela Ellis of the 315th Juvenile District Court in Harris County and Ms. Anna Stool of the Law Offices of Anna Stool will finish up day one with a discussion of the Ethics of Working with Crossover Youth.

Seats are Still Available at this Weekend’s Zealous Advocacy Conference

The 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, with this year’s theme of Zealous Advocacy: It’s Common Sense, still has a few seats remaining. Registration is available for $200, a bargain considering the materials and speakers who will be presenting this weekend.

The Zealous Advocacy Conference is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States. Our theme this year is Zealous Advocacy: It’s Common Sense. We’ve put together a stellar lineup of presenters and we are confident that this will be our best conference yet.

Please see conference information below and on our Conference Registration page. The conference will take place on the University of Houston Law Center campus.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at Center4CLP@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:

  • Date: Thursday, May 16 & Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $200
  • CLE Hours: likely 13 hours with 3 ethics hours (pending)
  • Conference Hotel: Out-of-town attendees can book rooms at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel (832- 531-6300), located on the UH campus.

Keynote Speaker: David Domenici

David Domenici

Co-founder, Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Director, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings

David co-founded and served as the founding principal of the Maya Angelou Academy-the school located inside the District of Columbia’s long-term, secure juvenile facility-from 2007 to 2011.

He designed the key elements of the school model, including short, thematic units aligned with state standards, incentive programming based on the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports framework, a technology-enhanced instruction and learning platform, and a set of technology tools designed to enhance communication between school and correctional staff.

The Maya Angelou Academy’s success has been widely recognized. Retention rates (the percentage of students remaining in school or holding jobs after release to the community) have doubled since the Maya Angelou Academy began serving D.C.’s incarcerated youth.

Other Presenters Include:

  • Professor David Dow
    University of Houston Law Center
  • Hon. Angela Ellis
    Associate Judge, 315th District Juvenile Court of Texas
  • Professor Sally Terry Green
    Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Professor Michael Lindsey
    Southern Methodist University
  • Professor Ellen Marrus
    University of Houston Law Center
  • Chris Phillis
    Director, Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate
  • Miriam Riskind
    Isenberg & Riskind
  • Hon. Michael Schneider
    Presiding Judge, 315th District Juvenile Court of Texas
  • Professor Joseph Tulman
    University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) Training Team

HOW DO I REGISTER?: You can register starting TODAY and get more information at the Center for Children, Law & Policy Conference Registration page.

More information on CLE hours, presenters, and the payments can be found on the Conference Registration page.

ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER EARLY for the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

Only three days left to register early and save 60% on the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference. After April 26, our $80 pre-registration fee will rise to $200! You won’t want to miss out on this year’s slate of presenters–it will be our best conference yet.

The Zealous Advocacy Conference is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States. Our theme this year is Zealous Advocacy: It’s Common Sense.

Please see conference information below and on our Conference Registration page. The conference will take place on the University of Houston Law Center campus. Early registration is now open–only $80 for 13 hours of CLE credit, including 3 ethics hours (pending).

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at Center4CLP@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:

  • Date: Thursday, May 16 & Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $80 if you pre-register by April 26, 2013; $200 if you register after April 26, 2013
  • CLE Hours: likely 13 hours with 3 ethics hours (pending)
  • Conference Hotel: Out-of-town attendees can take advantage of the special negotiated rate of $139.00 per night at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel (832- 531-6300), located on the UH campus.

Keynote Speaker: David Domenici

David Domenici

Co-founder, Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Director, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings

David co-founded and served as the founding principal of the Maya Angelou Academy-the school located inside the District of Columbia’s long-term, secure juvenile facility-from 2007 to 2011.

He designed the key elements of the school model, including short, thematic units aligned with state standards, incentive programming based on the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports framework, a technology-enhanced instruction and learning platform, and a set of technology tools designed to enhance communication between school and correctional staff.

The Maya Angelou Academy’s success has been widely recognized. Retention rates (the percentage of students remaining in school or holding jobs after release to the community) have doubled since the Maya Angelou Academy began serving D.C.’s incarcerated youth.

Other Presenters Include:

  • Professor David Dow
    University of Houston Law Center
  • Hon. Angela Ellis
    Associate Judge, 315th District Juvenile Court of Texas
  • Professor Sally Terry Green
    Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Nathan Koppel
    Wall Street Journal
  • Professor Michael Lindsey
    Southern Methodist University
  • Professor Ellen Marrus
    University of Houston Law Center
  • Chris Phillis
    Director, Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate
  • Miriam Riskind
    Isenberg & Riskind
  • Hon. Michael Schneider
    Presiding Judge, 315th District Juvenile Court of Texas
  • Professor Joseph Tulman
    University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) Training Team

HOW DO I REGISTER?: You can register starting TODAY and get more information at the Center for Children, Law & Policy Conference Registration page.

More information on CLE hours, presenters, and the payments can be found on the Conference Registration page.