Course Details

Children in Conflict with the Law

From 1990 until 2005 nine countries executed individuals under the age of 18 including the United States. In 2005 a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that executing individuals under the age of 18 violated the 8th amendment of the United States Constitution. In this course, we will examine the ever changing state of the legal system as it pertains to children and its changing constructions of childhood reflected in the laws of crime and punishment. This course will use case law, studies, scholarly articles and opinion pieces to further explore the intersectionality of juvenile justice, race, sex, class, and explore contributing factors such as segregation, poverty, and the school to prison pipeline. Evaluation Method: Evaluation will be based on class participation/attendance (15%), a presentation (10%), and a final research paper (75%). Class Materials: Cases, amicus briefs, law reviews, research journal articles, etc. as assigned (all will be made available online). This seminar will be taught by Kendrick Washington (Northwestern JD), an experienced public defender who is currently an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Professor Washington has previously been an ITA adjunct and for several years on of the Northwestern Trial Team coaches.

Catalog Number: CRIM 649
Practice Areas: Criminal Law Practice AreaFamily Law Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Research Writing

Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Children in Conflict with the Law
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15