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Keep Calm and Carry On: Jonesing for Justice in a Post-Miller, Post-Lusby Landscape
Friday, June 18, 2021, 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM
On April 22, 2021, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Jones v. Mississippi that a state’s discretionary sentencing system is both constitutionally necessary and constitutionally sufficient to sentence a juvenile to life without the possibility of parole. Although the Court affirmed its decisions in Miller and Montgomery, the dissent accused the majority of abandoning its precedent and eroding Miller’s youth-specific constitutional protections. This training, presented by the JDRC and Northwestern's CFJC, will provide participants with information on the scope and impact of Jones on the national and Illinois landscape. Participants will hear about Jones’s impact nationally from the national Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and will also learn about the Illinois landscape following Jones and the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in People v. Lusby. The training will feature updates on relevant legislative reforms and will include an open discussion with other Illinois litigators to discuss practical strategies and tips to litigate cases moving forward.
This training is part of the IPDA Summer Seminar. The event is free. Register by June 7. Other sessions will be occurring virtually June 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.