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Exploring Social Justice- Juvenile Justice: Confined Without Cause

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Letts Formal Lounge

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Thousands of children are brought before the juvenile court on charges of delinquency and are detained without lawyers and with findings of probable cause to believe they committed the crime. Georgetown Professors Wallace J. Mlyniec and Eduardo Ferrer's presentation will focus on this national scandal, suggest remedies to address the issue, and discuss the changes being instituted in the D.C. Juvenile Court to recognize the psychosocial condition of adolescents and reinstitute a more rehabilitative juvenile court.

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Professor Mlyniec is the former Director of Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. He served in that position from 1973 until 2015. He was the Associate Dean for Georgetown’s clinical programs from 1986 until 2005. Professor Mlyniec also teaches courses in wrongful convictions and children’s rights and assists with training fellows in the Prettyman Fellowship Program. He is author of numerous books and articles concerning criminal law and the law relating to children and families and has written and spoken extensively about clinical education and clinical pedagogy. He received his B.S. at Northwestern University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Eduardo “Eddie” Ferrer is DCLY’s Legal & Policy Director as well as a founding member and former Executive Director of the organization. Professor Ferrer also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Next Step Charter School in Columbia Heights. Professor Ferrer received his B.S. in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in 2002 and his law degree from Georgetown Law in 2005.

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The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.

Light refreshments will be served. All events are free and open to the public.

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