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Juvenile Wrongful Conviction – Causes, Effects and Remedies – Topic of April 9 Symposium

March 05, 2010 – 
National scholars and practitioners in juvenile justice policy, indigent defense, criminal law, and wrongful convictions will speak at the symposium “Righting the Wronged: Causes, Effects, and Remedies of Juvenile Wrongful Conviction,” to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Friday, April 9, 2010. Sponsored by the Rutgers Law Review, the National Juvenile Defender Center, and the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center, the program will consider interrogation and eyewitness identification techniques, adolescent development, racial and cultural disparity, and access to counsel – all of which contribute to the wrongful conviction of juveniles.

Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required. CLE credits will be provided. Register at http://www.pegasus.rutgers.edu/~review/symposium10.php.

What:  “Righting the Wronged: Causes, Effects, and Remedies of Juvenile Wrongful Conviction,” sponsored by the Rutgers Law Review, National Juvenile Defender Center, and the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center 
Who:  FEATURED SPEAKER
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

PANEL: CAUSES OF JUVENILE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Temple University
Allison Redlich, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany
Tamar R. Birckhead, Juvenile Justice Clinic, University of North Carolina School of Law
Sandra Simkins, Children’s Justice Clinic, Rutgers School of Law–Camden, moderator

LUNCH SPEAKER
Yusef Salaam, Central Park Five Exoneree

FEATURED SPEAKER
Steven A. Drizin, Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law

PANEL: ROLE OF COUNSEL
Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center
Patricia Puritz, Executive Director, National Juvenile Defender Center
Kristin Henning, Professor and Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center
Steven A. Drizin, moderator

PANEL: LESSONS LEARNED: INSTITUTIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL REMEDIES
John J. Farmer, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Joshua A. Tepfer, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law
Barry C. Scheck (invited), Co-Director, The Innocence Project, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Laura Cohen, Urban Legal Clinic, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator 
When:  9 am – 5 pm, Friday, April 9, 2010 
Where:  McCarter & English Lecture Hall (Room 70), Rutgers School of Law–Newark