UH Law Professor comments on Houston case involving 12-year-old convicted of felony

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In Houston, a 12-year-old girl was recently convicted of a felony for taking a photograph of a classmate in a locker room. Professor Marrus, from the University of Houston Law Center, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article covering the case.

Following quoted from Houston Chronicle article:

‍University ‍of ‍Houston ‍law professor Ellen Marrus sympathized with the victim but said prosecutors should not have charged the girl with a felony. “If we’re trying to make children into criminals and make them have a record and to have them be punished, then a felony is appropriate,” Marrus said. “If the idea is that our juvenile courts are different and we’re trying to change children’s behavior, then there are better options.”

To read the entire Houston Chronicle article, click here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/12-year-old-convicted-of-felony-for-locker-room-4813385.php

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 online or by mail. And please continue reading for more information on this year’s Keynote Speaker, Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.


11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference
Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice

  • Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $80 if you pre-register by March 1, 2012; $200 if you register after March 1, 2012
  • HOW DO I REGISTER?: You can register starting TODAY and get more information at the Center for Children, Law & Policy Conference Registration page.
  • Information on CLE hoursfeatured topicsspeakers, and the agenda will be posted on a rolling basis on the Conference Registration page.


Announcing this year’s Keynote Speaker: Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce D. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston (www.ChildTrauma.org) and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry’s clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children – examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.

Dr. Perry is the author of over 300 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

More information on Dr. Bruce D. Perry and his work can be found at http://www.childtrauma.org/.