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Policing as Trauma: Litigating Race, Adolescence and Trauma in a Juvenile Case

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM

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Please join the National Juvenile Defender Center and Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Initiative for a webinar presented by Georgetown JJI's Professor Kris Henning and moderated by NJDC's Mary Ann Scali. The nation—and the world—has watched with outrage the brutal killings of Black and Latinx people. While these high-profile incidents have shed some light on the abuses of police power, defenders know all too well that police “brutality” is much broader than these horrible deaths. Black and Latinx youth are oppressed by aggressive policing in every aspects of their lives—at home, in school, on the bus, in their parks, and on the street. For many youth, the daily, discriminatory and unnecessary encounters with police is overwhelming and traumatic. In this interactive workshop, defenders will learn how to incorporate “policing as trauma” arguments into their advocacy at every stage of a criminal case, including client interviews, detention and probable cause hearings, Fourth and Fifth amendment motions to suppress, motions for a trauma-informed mens rea, self-defense arguments, motions to dismiss in the interest of justice, disposition hearings, violations of probation, and introduction of expert testimony. Participants will: 1. Learn from the research and studies on the trauma of policing and racism; 2. Identify the psychological and emotional trauma caused by policing such as stop and frisk, interrogation, detention, etc.; 3. Consider the impact of police trauma on the attorney-client relationship and client interviews; and 4. Develop arguments that raise policing as trauma in a delinquency case. This is available free of charge to juvenile defenders, advocates, and other juvenile defense professionals.