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March, 2024

Friday
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In 2022, Illinois became one of a small but growing number of states to legislatively require the conservation of federal benefits for some youth in care by passing Public Act 102-1014. The Act impacts the manner in which the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services handles Social Security Disability, Social Security Income, and other federal survivor’s benefits for youth in the care of the Department. This webinar will explore how child welfare systems historically handled children’s benefits, the national movement to change these practices, and the provisions and status of implementation of PA 102-1014. This webcast is presented by the Illinois Court Improvement Program and Supreme Court of Illinois Judicial College‘s Guardian ad Litem Education Committee, Committee on Judicial Education, and Committee on Probation Education.
Wednesday
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Join the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery (NYU CVR) and the Strengthening the Sixth Team as they host a webinar exploring emerging trends in restorative justice. This program will highlight promising practices and innovations in the field as well as introduce additional resources for interested organizations, communities, and individuals. Founded in 2004, NYU CVR is a research center dedicated to advancing knowledge on the causes and consequences of violence/trauma and developing solutions that foster healing among individuals, families and communities. For the past two decades, NYU CVR has partnered with local judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers/community-based organizations, victim advocates and community members in implementing and studying the use of restorative justice to address domestic violence crimes in communities across the nation. NYU CVR developed the “Circles of Peace” model in 2004, the first of its kind in the United States to use restorative justice principles to treat those arrested for DV crimes. Speakers Briana Barocas, PhD, Research Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work, and Senior Director of Research and Scholarship, NYU Center on Violence and Recovery Krystal A. McLeod, JD, Executive Director and Senior Research Scholar, NYU Center on Violence and Recovery
Monday
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This CLE, presented by the Juvenile Defender Resource Center, will provide a snapshot of recent and pending Illinois Supreme Court decisions surrounding youth and emerging adults. We will also discuss some positive developments in the trial and appellate courts notwithstanding the tenor of Illinois Supreme Court decisions. We will have a conversation of what arguments are "still on the table" and ways to frame arguments in both the trial court and the appellate court using statutory frameworks, caselaw, and both the U.S. and Illinois constitutions. We will also touch on the early returns on the Youthful Offender Parole Act. The program will end with a robust question and answer session where we will provide space to share successful strategies and brainstorm some paths forward.
Wednesday
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Celebrate Women‘s History Month and Public Defense Day with this webinar presented by NACDL‘s Strengthening the Sixth dedicated to exploring women‘s contributions to the rich history of public defense, a concept that extends far beyond the landmark Gideon decision. Join them as we delve into the role of women in public defense today, examining the obstacles they still face and envisioning the path ahead. This webinar promises a comprehensive exploration of the subject, shedding light on the vital contributions of women throughout history and sparking discussions about the challenges and progress in the field. Panelists: * Missy Owen, NACDL Co-Chair of Women in Criminal Defense Committee, Founding Partner of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen * Adeola Ogunkeyede, Chief Public Defender of Travis County, TX * Heather Rogers, Public Defender, Santa Cruz, CA