Pursuing Justice Symposium
We welcome you to join the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) for our symposium, Pursuing Justice: A Constitutional and Human Rights Jurisprudence for the Child.
Presented in honor of the retirement of CFJC founder Bernardine Dohrn, the symposium is a day-long event featuring two panel discussions, a keynote address by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative and a sit-down conversation between children’s rights advocates.
Participants and audience members will explore the potential for – and possible contradictions in –developing a practice that insists on children’s international and constitutional rights. The conversation will acknowledge both the legal and grass roots uses of human rights standards and aspirations and will ultimately pose the question: Is there, and can there be, a bill of rights jurisprudence for children?
The first panel, Children’s Rights Coming Home, will explore the ways in which children’s human rights standards and principles are being integrated into both U.S. constitutional law and practices.
For the second panel, Abolishing Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) and Extreme Sentencing of Youth: Taking Miller to the Ground, panelists will discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision abolishing mandatory JLWOP and various strategies to challenge extreme sentencing of youth, including legislation, litigation, education, and coalition building.
The day will conclude with a conversation between Bernardine Dohrn and Barbara Ransby, professor of African-American Studies, history and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Join us for lively discussions analyzing urgent issues of the moment, including racial and ethnic discrimination to violence against children, police interrogation and child confessions, closing youth detention centers and prisons, and sentencing children to die in prison.
Come strategize and learn about justice for youth!
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Take a look at the symposium agenda for a full list of speakers and events.
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*This event is free to the public, but please consider donating to the Children and Family Justice Center.*
Free CLE Credits Available
The symposium qualifies for 2.25 general CLE credit hours. The CLE credits are offered for free, but advance registration is required. Please bring your ARDC number to receive credit for attending the symposium.
Children’s Rights Coming Home
CLE Credit Hours: 1.25
Materials for Panel 1
Abolishing JLWOP - Taking Miller to the Ground
CLE Credit Hours: 1
Materials for Panel 2
The symposium is located at:
375 E. Chicago Avenue
Northwestern University School of Law Chicago, IL 60611
If driving, the nearest parking lots are:
Parking Lot C
222 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
Between Huron and Superior on N. St. Clair
Parking Lot D
321 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611
At Erie and Ontario
If riding the CTA, we are walking distance from:
Chicago Red Line Station
CTA Bus #66
CTA Bus #157
CTA Bus #3
Our preferred hotels for the symposium are The Allerton and MileNorth (formerly Affinia). They are few blocks from the Northwestern University School of Law and the most affordable hotels in the area.
701 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
166 East Superior Chicago, IL 60611
*When making a reservation, please inform the hotel representative that you are attending a Northwestern event to receive the preferred vendor Northwestern discount. For The Allerton during this time of year, the rate should be $140.00 per night for a single room. For MileNorth, the rate should be $179.00 per night for a single room.
Please consult the complete list of NU preferred hotels in Chicago as well.