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Youth Justice: "Young and in Trouble"

Northern Illinois University College of Law will host Youth Justice: "Young and in Trouble" on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the NIU College of Law in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom.

This Symposium addresses the issue of youth justice against the backdrop of the United States Supreme Court, J.D.B. v. North Carolina (2011) decision.

In J.D.B., the Supreme Court overruled the local school board, and the North Carolina Supreme Court in holding that age is relevant in determining whether a student is being held in custody. Determination of custody thereby triggers Miranda rights warnings. Students whose alleged and potential “criminal” activities are investigated by school officials are, accordingly to be given a measure of constitutional protections.

The Symposium will additionally address the concerns of educational institutions in protecting youth while maintaining a safe environment for all students.

Following the symposium, everyone is invited to lunch in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP required.


Dr. Kelvin R. AdamsWhose Right is Right Anyway- Protecting the Rights of Students
Dr. Kelvin R. Adams
Superintendent of Schools
St. Louis Public School District

Barbara A. FeddersThe Best Defense is a Good Offense: How Linking Education Law and Criminal Law Can Help Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Professor Barbara A. Fedders
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
University of North Carolna School of Law

Jason LangbergDeconstructing and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Jason Langberg
Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney
Advocates for Children's Services
North Carolina


Dr. LaVonne I. NealDr. La Vonne I. Neal
Dean, NIU College of Education

For more information on the presenters, click here.