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Law to host symposium on youth justice

February 20, 2012

Image of silhouetted youth in front of a row of lockersThe NIU College of Law will host “Youth Justice: Young and in Trouble” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom of Swen Parson Hall.

This symposium will address the issues of youth justice against the backdrop of the U.S. Supreme Court J.D.B. v. North Carolina (2011) decision and concerns of educational institutions in protecting youth while maintaining a safe environment for all students.

In J.D.B., the Supreme Court overruled the local school board and the North Carolina Supreme Court in holding that age is relevant in determining whether a student is being held in custody.

Determination of custody thereby triggers Miranda rights warnings. Students whose alleged and potential “criminal” activities are investigated by school officials are guaranteed some constitutional protection.

The symposium will feature presentations from Kelvin R. Adams, superintendent of schools for the St. Louis Public School District; Professor Barbara A. Fedders, University of North Carolina School of Law; and Jason Langberg, an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Attorney for Advocates for Children’s Services of North Carolina.

The event will be moderated by La Vonne I. Neal, dean of the NIU College of Education.

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public. Attorneys can earn 2.5 hours of CLE credit. Lunch will be provided immediately following the symposium in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery.

RSVP is required and available online or by phone at (815) 753-9655.