The symposium addresses issues such as racial disparity in the juvenile justice and public education systems, the school to prison pipeline, incarcerated juveniles’ access to counsel and education, the practice of automatically prosecuting youth as adults, and the impact on communities of incarcerating youth of color.


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Friday, November 9th
8:30 AM

Registration and Welcome

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Blind Justice? Racial Disparity and Differential Treatment in the Juvenile Justice System

Randy Hertz, New York University School of Law
Robin Walker Sterling, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Michael Millemann, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Unequal Opportunities: Education and Other Rights of Incarcerated Juveniles

David Domenici, University of Maryland, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings
Sandra Simkins, Rutgers-Camden School of Law, Children's Justice Clinic
Leslie Turner Percival, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Thiruvendran Vignarajah, Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Gerber Lecture

James Bell, W.Haywood Burns Institute

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:15 PM

Unintended Consequences: The Impact of the Juvenile Justice System on Our Communities

Monique Dixon, Open Society Institute
Samantha Mellerson, Family League of Baltimore
William B. Simpson, Open Door Baltimore
Terry Hickey, Community Law in Action, Inc.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Bringing it All Back Home: Youth Voices and Closing Discussion

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM