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May, 2021

Wednesday
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The Juvenile Justice Initiative invites you to join them for a presentation of research by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) on the impact on Due Process during the COVID Pandemic. The report is a compilation of interviews with 51 juveniles defenders in 38 states from June – August, 2020, and examines the impact on effective representation posed by virtual court hearings and client meetings, along with other challenges during the pandemic. Link to report: https://njdc.info/wp-content/uploads/Due-Process-in-the-Time-of-COVID-19.pdf AGENDA Welcome & Speaker Intro - Herschella Conyers, Lillian E. Kraemer Clinical Professor of Public Interest Law, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic‘s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. 2:00 – 2:30 -- NJDC authors of Due Process in Time of COVID. Jaime Michel, Research Manager Carly Lenhoff, Research Fellow Mary Ann Scali, Executive Director Questions 2:30 – 2:40 2:40 – 3:00 -- Responding Panelists: Retired Judge George Timberlake, former Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and former Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Veronica Williams, founder of Mothers Against Wrongful Convictions in Lake County, IL. Amanda Klonsky, has worked as an educator in jails and prisons for more than 15 years and speaks widely on issues of education and incarceration. Her work focuses on expanding access to education for people who are impacted by mass incarceration. Moderator: Scott Main, JDRC 3:00 – 3:15 – SMALL GROUP BREAKOUTS 3:15 – Breakouts report back. 3:30 – Closing Remarks.
Thursday
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From the juvenile legal and dependency systems, immigration, housing, and the criminal legal system, Black children, families, and communities are surveilled and forced to barter their freedoms to receive essential resources. Join the Black Public Defender Association as we discuss the government surveillance of Black communities within the carceral systems that Black public defenders fight to disrupt. We will hear from Black public defenders, civil rights experts, and directly impacted advocates and learn how we can engage the Biden-Harris Administration to dismantle these destructive carceral systems. You can read their report here: http://blackdefender.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/bpda-biden-harris-report.pdf
Wednesday
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For more than thirty years, Chicago Appleseed and the Council of Lawyers have fought for the systemic changes needed to ensure fair and anti-racist courts in Cook County, Illinois, and beyond. Every year, their Collaboration for Justice hosts a Pro Bono Spotlight event in the springtime. This year, we‘re hosting two virtual events, so Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and the Chicago Council of Lawyers can celebrate our volunteers and community partners. In this event, a panel of Chicago-based experts will discuss the pressing equity issues facing the criminal legal system. Panel includes: April Preyar, Partner, Shiller Preyar Jarard & Samuels Law; Cathryn Crawford, Director of Holistic Legal Services at Lawndale Christian Legal Center; Tanya Woods, Executive Director, Westside Justice Center; Sharone Mitchell, Jr., Cook County Public Defender; and Sarah Staudt, Senior Policy Analyst & Staff Attorney for the Collaboration for Justice. CLE available. More information - including information about keynote speech on May 19 - available here: https://www.collaborationforjustice.org/
Tuesday
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The world has watched with outrage as Black and brown people have been murdered at the hands of police. While these high-profile incidents have shed some light on the abuses of police power, defenders and advocates know all too well that police brutality is much broader than what we see on our screens. Black and brown youth are oppressed by aggressive policing in every aspects of their lives—at home, in school, and in their communities. For many Black and brown youth, the daily, discriminatory, and unnecessary encounters with police is overwhelming and traumatic.

In this session, participants will learn how to incorporate “policing as trauma” arguments into their advocacy at every stage of a delinquency proceeding, including client interviews, detention and probable cause hearings, disposition hearings, Fourth and Fifth Amendment motions to suppress, motions for a trauma-informed mens rea, motions to dismiss in the interest of justice, self-defense arguments, probation violations, and introduction of expert testimony.

Participants will:

Learn from the research and studies on the trauma of policing and racism;
Identify the psychological and emotional trauma caused by policing tactics such as stop and frisk, interrogation, detention, etc.;
Consider the impact of this trauma on the attorney-client relationship and client interviews; and
Develop arguments that raise policing as trauma in a delinquency case.
This training is available to all juvenile defense professionals, including juvenile defenders, policy advocates, investigators, social workers, mitigation specialists, paralegals, clerks, legal secretaries, and other staff members in support of this work.