EARLY REGISTRATION IS ALMOST OVER for the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

Only three weeks remain 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.

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. 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.

Are Texas Juvenile Correctional Facilities Improving?

http://libguides.umhb.edu/content.php?pid=149001&sid=2708708

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 the state juvenile justice system and for policies that keep youths closer to their homes, advocates say.

The state’s juvenile system is in the throes of sweeping reforms. In 2007, lawmakers passed a series of laws that reformed how the Texas Youth Commission kept juvenile offenders safe after stunning revelations of sexual abuse by the adults charged with caring for them.

Though the vast majority of youths surveyed reported feeling safe in the juvenile justice system and hopeful about their futures, they identified attacks from their peers as among their biggest concerns, and they said more staff training was the No. 1 thing they would change about the system. They cited negative interactions with staff, including perceived mistreatment and unfair rule enforcement, and said guards seemed ill-prepared to deal with youth assaults and bullying, according to the survey released this week by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

The Texas Legislature passed a number of measures in 2007 after a sex abuse scandal rocked the Texas Youth Commission. Based on survey results, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition outlined a number of next steps to continue reforms. Some suggestions included more training for staff members that interact with youth, implementing additional reforms that reduce youth-on-youth violence, and establishing policies that keep juveniles closer to their homes and families.

The Statesman article also quoted Jim Hurley, a spokesman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, who characterized the study as a “good report.”

Texas State Senator John Whitmire, Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, will be speaking at the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference at the University of Houston Law Center this Friday and Saturday. Senator Whitmire has played a key role in the restructuring of the juvenile criminal justice system in the aftermath of the TYC sex abuse scandal. He will be speaking Friday afternoon in a session about TYC Restructuring.

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 Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $80 if you pre-register TODAY; $200 if you register after today
  • 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 is posted on the Conference Registration page and will be updated on a rolling basis.


Our 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/.