Juvenile Justice Conference

04/12/2013 - 8:30am
04/13/2013 - 8:30am
Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility
(Friday luncheon at UNLV Tam Alumni Center)

Approved for 8.0 CLE credits

Professor David S. Tanenhaus - together with Frank Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Law - will host the two-day conference on five important reform issues that are relatively novel to traditional juvenile justice, yet must be addressed by policymakers in the near future.

After Tanenhaus provides a brief historical perspective on juvenile justice reform, the sessions will then focus on disconnecting the school-to-prison pipeline, the relationship between immigration policy and juvenile justice, the significance of brain science for youth policy, the behavioral and legal issues involving juvenile sex offenders, and the disclosure of juvenile records. At the concluding session, Zimring will outline the priorities and models for change.

James Forman, Jr., clinical professor at Yale Law School, will deliver the keynote luncheon address on his experience as a founder of the renowned Maya Angelou Public Charter School, which combines rigorous education, job training, counseling, mental health services, life skills, and dormitory living for school dropouts and youth who have previously been incarcerated. In 2007 Maya Angelou took over the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison and, according to the court monitor overseeing D.C.’s juvenile system, has turned it into “an extraordinary educational program.”

The presenters’ papers will be published in a volume that Professors Zimring and Tanenhaus are editing for their new book series on youth, crime, and justice with New York University Press.

Anyone with a professional or personal interest in youth policy is welcome to join us. People with different backgrounds and a variety of perspectives will participate, including academics, attorneys, doctors, educators, judges, legislators, police and probation officers, social workers, and students. The result should be a spirited yet balanced dialogue as this conference grapples with the complex questions involved in choosing the future for American juvenile justice.


Friday, April 12, 2013
8:15-9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast (Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility)
9:00-9:15 a.m. History as a Guide for Reform
Featured Speaker: David Tanenhaus, UNLV History Department and Boyd School of Law
9:15-10:30 a.m.

Disconnecting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Featured Speaker: Aaron Kupchik, University of Delaware
Chair: Mary Berkheiser, Boyd School of Law
Discussants: James Forman, Jr., Yale University and Ramona Denby Brinson, UNLV Lincy Institute

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Evolving Policy and Potential Reforms for Disclosure of Juvenile Arrests, Court Involvement and Dispositions
Featured Speaker: James Jacobs, New York University
Chair: Anne Traum, Boyd School of Law

Discussants: Steve Wolfson, Clark County (NV) District Attorney; Judge William Voy, Clark County (NV) Juvenile Court; and Maximo Langer, UCLA
12:15-1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon Address - James Forman, Jr., Yale University (UNLV Tam Alumni Center)

2:00-3:30 p.m. Immigration Status, Immigration Policy and the Delinquency Responses of Juvenile Courts
Featured Speaker: David Thronson, Michigan State University
Chair: Angela Morrison, Boyd School of Law
Discussants: Fatma Marouf, Boyd School of Law and Michael Kagan, Boyd School of Law
3:45-5:00 p.m. Juvenile Sex Offenders
Featured Speaker: Michael Caldwell, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Chair: Ann Cammett, Boyd School of Law
Discussants: Donella Rowe, Clark County (NV) Deputy District Attorney - JSO and Frank Zimring, UC Berkeley
Saturday, April 13, 2013
8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30-10:45 a.m. Brain Science: Rhetoric and Reality
Featured Speaker: Terry Maroney, Vanderbilt University
Chair: Jean Sternlight, Boyd School of Law
Discussants: Stacey Tovino, Boyd School of Law and Rebecca Nathanson, Boyd School of Law
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Priorities and Models for Legislative Change
Featured Speaker: Frank Zimring, UC Berkeley
Chair: David Tanenhaus, UNLV History Department and Boyd School of Law
Discussant: NV Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto


Thank you for your interest in the Juvenile Justice Conference. Due to an overwhelming response, this conference has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

Hotel Suggestions

Hyatt Place Las Vegas is located 0.7 of a mile from the Boyd School of Law (easy walking distance).

Bluegreen Club 36 is an all-suite resort located 2 miles from the Boyd School of Law.

Juvenile Justice Bibliography

Click here for the Juvenile Justice Conference bibliography.