LSU Law to Host Symposium on Juvenile Justice, March 19

The LSU Law Center, in collaboration with the Louisiana Law Review, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The George W. & Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice, will bring together many of the nation’s and state’s leaders in the area of juvenile justice for a Symposium on March 19.

Titled The Backdoor of the Juvenile Courts—Waivers and the Impact of Criminalization, the Symposium will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. 

The Symposium will focus on the increasing use of statutory waiver and transfer provisions to try juveniles for offenses in the criminal courts, rather than the juvenile courts. Speakers will also examine whether current practices can be reconciled with the original purposes of the courts. The speakers are distinguished scholars and policymakers who have written books or articles on the use of waivers or transfers of youth from the juvenile courts.
The Louisiana Law Review will devote its entire Fall 2010 issue to the presentations of this Symposium.
The Symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Attorneys may receive five (5) Louisiana CLE credits. To register, please email your name, title and position to, or mail to Brenda Salassi, Clinic Coordinator, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, P.O. Box 25080, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70894. For further information, contact 225/578-8262.
Time and Location
            8 a.m. -8:45 a.m.: Registration
            McKernan Auditorium
            LSU Law Center

Among the Symposium presenters, speakers and moderators are:

Jack M. Weiss, Chancellor, LSU Law Center;

Lucy McGough, Vinson and Elkins Professor of Law and Executive Director, Pugh Institute for Law and Justice;

Dr. Debra DePrato, Project Director, Models for Change Louisiana, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;

Matthew Juneau, Articles Editor, Louisiana Law Review;

Neelum Arya, director of Research and Policy for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the UCLA School of Law’s Program in Public Interest Law and Policy;

James Bell, founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a national organization dedicated to reducing the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system;

Elizabeth Scott, Vice Dean and Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has been involved in empirical research on adolescents as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice;

Mark Soler, Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law & Policy in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Soler has written numerous articles and book chapters on civil rights issues and the rights of children;

Frank Zimring, the William G. Simon Professor of Law and a Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, is also the Chair of the Criminal Justice Research Program at Boalt Hall’s Institute for Legal Research;

Derwyn Bunton, Orleans Parish Chief Public Defender;

The Honorable Mark Daugherty, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court;

The Honorable Daniel Martiny, Louisiana State Senate; and

The Honorable Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney.

See Program Agenda & Speaker Bios

The Louisiana Law Review is the student edited law journal of the LSU Law Center.

The George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice of the LSU Law Center provides support for research, educational and pro bono activities that promote justice for individuals in the administration of the criminal and civil justice systems in the State of Louisiana and elsewhere.

Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country.