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Montgomery County Community College

340 Dekalb Pike

Blue Bell, PA 19422

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At the conclusion of this conference, key stakeholders will leave with a renewed committment to keeping our youth in school, prioritizing a trauma-informed approach to youth discipline, and expanding successful diversion initiatives as well exploring and implementing innovative diversion strategies and models.


Boxed Lunch will be served to all attendees. Please RSVP by February 14th, indicating whether you will be there for lunch.


This conference will be approved by the Pennsyvlania Continuing Education Board for four (4) CLE credits.


TENTATIVE AGENDA

10:00-10:20: Welcome Address: Dean Beer, Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender; Susan Carty, President, League of Women Voters; Kevin Steele, District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorneys Office; Honorable Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division.

10:20-11:05: Childhood Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Moderator- Leslie Faith Jones, Policy and Advocacy Director, The Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender. Panelists: Diane Wagenhals, Program Director, Lakeside Global Institute; Melissa Marinello, Youth Counselor, Montgomery County Youth Center.

11:05-11:15: BREAK

11:15-12:00: Stemming the School to Prison Pipeline: Moderator and Presenter- Adrienne Kosinski, Senior Attorney, Juvenile Division, Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender. Panelists: Kevin Bethel, Stoneleigh Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor, Drexel Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab; Harold Jordan, Senior Policy Advocate, ACLU.

12:00-12:30: Lunch

12:30-1:15: Youth Aid Panel: Progress and Expansion: Moderator- Dean Beer,Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender. Panelists: Angela Bell, Family Services of Montgomery County; Judge Christopher Cerski, Magisterial District Court; Edward McCann, First Assistant District Attorney Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office; Eddie T. Graham, Commissioner, Springfield Township

1:15-1:30: BREAK

1:30-2:15: Expanding Youth/Teen Court- Moderator- Leslie Faith Jones, Policy and Advocacy Director, The Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender; Cheltenham High School Youth Court; Julie Knudsen, Pupil Services Supervisor, Norristown Area High School; Audrey Dudley, Social Studies Teacher and Youth Court Leader, Norristown Area High School.

2:15-3:00: Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to School and Community Reentry. Moderator- Keisha Hudson, Deputy Chief Defender, Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender. Panelists: Joanna Visser Adjoian, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project; Leola Hardy,Chief, Juvenile Unit, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Jay Smith, Returning Citizen and Information Technology Consultant.


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