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Law Journal Symposium

John Marshall Law Journal, in conjunction with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), presents the 2015 Dean Robert D’Agostino Symposium which will focus on “Decreasing Youth Incarceration  through Quality Juvenile Defense.” The Symposium will be held at the State Bar of Georgia building on March 9, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This year’s Symposium will address the overreliance on youth incarceration in the United States and discuss how defenders can work with juvenile justice system stakeholders to reduce youth confinement. Topic areas include: disposition advocacy to reduce youth incarceration, post-adjudication appeals to decrease youth incarceration, post-disposition advocacy, and the defense role in raising racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile confinement. The full Symposium itinerary will become available closer to the event.


The 2015 Symposium will present papers from the following authors:

Sandra Simkins, Director of Clinical Programs, Rutgers School of Law-Camden; Laura Cohen, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Criminal & Youth Justice Clinic, Rutgers School of Law-Newark; Jerrod Thompson-Hicks, Senior Attorney, Second Chances Project, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights; Lisa Geis, DC Law Students In Court Program; Jacqueline Bullard, Deputy Defender, Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender, Fourth District; Ellen Marrus, George Butler Research Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center.

CLE credit is available for registrants through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.


Registration fee includes 5 CLE credits, 1 Professionalism CLE credit, light refreshments and full lunch.

Early Registration (prior to February 13, 2015): $100.00
Late Registration (February 13, 2015 to March 4, 2015): $125.00
Walk-in Registration (March 9, 2015) $125.00 (Lunch not included)

To register, complete the Make a Payment form and select “Law Journal Symposium” in the drop down menu.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions about the event to Symposium Co-Chair Glenda Mitchell; AJMLS-LJ Editor-in-Chief Brandy Porter; or NJDC Senior Staff Attorney & Policy Advocate  Nadia Seeratan.