July 05, 2013
The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, presented Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Marsha Levick with its inaugural Arlen Specter Award in a ceremony on Thursday, June 27.
June 27, 2013
One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that mandatory life without parole sentences for youth were unconstitutional. The Court ruled that mandatory sentencing of children restricts a judge's ability to consider the child's mitigating circumstances, maturity, or ability to be rehabilitated. The Court noted that juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences should be rare.
The Supreme Court did not, however, address several related issues.
June 26, 2013
Imagine going through school without an adult to consistently look out for you. Children rely on involved adults to make education decisions on their behalf and ensure that schools meet their needs. Adults have roles that range from routine to critical—from signing field trip permission forms, to ensuring a child is in the correct grade, classes and school, to making sure credits transfer when a child changes schools, to protecting the child’s rights to special education services and due process protections in the school discipline context.
Unfortunately, children in foster care—especially those living in residential facilities such as group homes, residential treatment facilities, and hospitals—often have no adult in their lives to serve this role.