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The Impact of Virtual Hearings Where Liberty is at Stake
Wednesday, May 05, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
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
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.