Celebrate 45 Years with 45 Minutes

"Lunchtime Conversations to commemorate 45 years. Join Us"

Juvenile Law Center is launching the commemoration of their 45th Anniversary with 45-minute lunchtime conversations on some of the most pressing issues on behalf of youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Sharing the time with some of the remarkable colleagues with whom we work in partnership, and whose perspectives have strengthened our own work, panelists will discuss structural racism; COVID responses; the role of local, state and federal governments to support families and communities and care for those in crisis. All of these conversations will provide an historical perspective on Juvenile Law Center’s work but also look ahead to consider new possibilities for change and improvement in the lives of children and families. 

Amidst COVID-19 and the racial reckoning underway in our country, it is challenging to celebrate (but we need to do so!) - and critical to reflect.  PLEASE JOIN US FOR THESE FREE EVENTS!  ALL ARE WELCOME.


NOVEMBER 5, 2020 @ 12PM/ET
Racial Justice, Juvenile Justice Reform and Transformation In this Moment

Join us to hear how the racial reckoning in our country amidst the COVID 19 pandemic has created an opportunity for reform or transformation of our juvenile justice system.

Moderated by Jessica Feierman, Esq., Senior Managing Attorney, Juvenile Law Center with James Bell, Esq., Founder and President of the W. Haywood Burns Institute; Frankie Guzman, Esq., Director, California Youth Justice Initiative, National Center for Youth Law; and Kristin Nicole Henning, Esq., Blume Professor of Law; Special Advisor to the Dean on Community and Justice; Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative, Georgetown Law School.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2020
Collateral Consequences, Second Chances

During the election, especially in Florida, the news was filled with updates on election rights for those who had an adult felony conviction and the added burden of unpaid fines and fees related to those past convictions. This lunchtime conversation will discuss consequences of justice system involvement for youth in the juvenile justice system and those tried as adults. 

Moderated by Riya Saha Shah, Esq., Managing Director, Juvenile Law Center with Marcus Jarvis, Outreach and Communications Associate, Debt Free Justice Campaign, Juvenile Law Center; and Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prisons Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2020
Learning in Lockdown: How COVID-19 Exacerbates the Educational Challenges of the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

Covid-19 has created novel educational challenges to school systems and students around the country, and especially exasperated longstanding problems in education for youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. This panel conversation will discuss current challenges to education success and opportunities to overcome such challenges. 

Moderated by Nadia Mozaffar, Esq., Senior Attorney, Juvenile Law Center with Kristina Moon, Esq., Staff Attorney, Education Law Center; Anthony Simpson, Alumnus, Youth Fostering Change, Juvenile Law Center; and Diane Smith Howard, Esq., Managing Attorney for Criminal and Juvenile Justice, National Disability Rights Network.

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DECEMBER 3, 2020
Beyond the Death Penalty and Life without Parole: Centering Adolescent Development 

A series of SCOTUS decisions have established that “kids are different”. This conversation will explore how adolescent developmental science can further inform our systems, laws and policies.

Moderated by Marsha Levick, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Juvenile Law Center with Tami Benton, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Executive Director and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Abd’Allah Lateef, Senior Strategic Advisor and Racial Equity Specialist, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth; and Robert Schwartz, Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Juvenile Law Center.

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DECEMBER 10, 2020
Children in Families and Communities: Transforming the Child Welfare System 

How can we create a child welfare system that is guided by the needs of children and the strength of their families and communities? Envision together a system based on respecting and nurturing relationships.

Moderated by Jennifer Pokempner, Senior Attorney, Juvenile Law Center with Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center; and Sixto Cancel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Think of Us.

The panel will be followed by a segment 12:45- 1pm honoring the work and partnership of MaryLee Allen offered in fond memory.

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